Elizabeth’s walk for Alzheimer’s

Last weekend one of Severn Trent Services’ employees, Elizabeth Parker took part in a 26-mile walk around Stonehenge to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society, alongside her friend Jen. The charity – which is close to both their hearts – set them a target goal of raising £300. The two didn’t just hit the target but smashed it, raising a fantastic £1,200 between them.

We managed to ask Elizabeth a few questions about the walk;

Why did you choose this specific charity?  “I walked with my friend Jen. We started walking together during lockdown and decided to do the Alzheimer’s Society walk because Jen’s Dad has frontal lobe dementia, and we both have other friends and family with parents living with dementia.”

Is there any certain reason the targets were set?  “The target of £300 was  set by the charity to get us each a T-Shirt 😊. Between the two of us we have currently raised over £1,200 which is fantastic”

Is there any reason why you chose to walk around Stonehenge?  “There were a number of walks we could have done for Alzheimer’s Society, we decided on the Stonehenge one because it gave us time to prepare and the scenery would be good.”

How did the event go as a whole?  “The event went really well, the organisation was great, there were checkpoints along the way with refreshments and facilities. There were signposts that counted down the miles, so you knew how far you had to go. The walk was really varied too starting off in Salisbury going past the Cathedral and racecourse through woods, fields & villages.”  

Were there any standout/memorial moments during the walk?  “Seeing Stonehenge – even though it was from a distance was brilliant and felt a significant milestone, we’d walked about 18 miles at that point, so you knew you were on the home straight. (Even though there was still eight miles to go). The massive field of pigs was a surprise too. The “Steps of Doom” about five miles from the end of the walk were a killer and particularly cruel 😊. We also met lots of people and everyone was so friendly, helpful and supportive which kept you going. The relief of seeing the field with the finishing line was the best.”

We at Severn Trent would like to send our congratulations to Elizabeth on raising an amazing amount of money for a great charity. Any donations would go a long way to helping the charity find a cure for this disease. If you would like to donate, please donate here Elizabeth Parker is fundraising for Alzheimer’s Society (justgiving.com)