Two home care workers from Surrey are celebrating after raising nearly £2,000 for Alzheimer’s Society ahead of Alzheimer’s Awareness Month.
Emma Leahy and Emma McLellan (pictured left and right), employed by CHD Care At Home’s South West Surrey branch, raised the funds by completing a 26-mile walk around the Lake District.
Leahy said she was inspired to take on the challenge after working directly with people with Alzheimer’s and witnessing the impact it has on individuals and their families.
“I find it difficult seeing customers deteriorate that I have gotten to know and have developed a bond with. I consider them to be a part of my family. I was inspired to participate in a fundraising skydive for the Alzheimer’s Society last year, which was brilliant – and I wanted to set myself a similar challenge this year,” she said.
When asked how she felt upon completion of the challenge, Emma McLellan said, “Crossing the finish line gave me an immense sense of pride and achievement. We started the walk at Dalemain in the Lake District and finished there, 26 miles later.
“It was the hardest walk I have ever done, but it was even worse for my colleague, Emma, as she developed a knee injury 10 miles in. With encouragement and an overwhelming surge of motivation, we supported each other to the finish line. I will never forget that moment of euphoria, as the realisation hit that we had done it.”
Paul Milton, regional manager for CHD Care at Home, said: “We are incredibly proud of Emma Leahy and Emma McLellan for their fundraising efforts. We see them go above and beyond in taking great care of our service users every day. This fantastic accomplishment shows their dedication to improving the lives of others, too. We are honoured to have them as part of our team and are excited to see how they continue to develop in the future.”