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Wokingham charity Younger People with Dementia is scaling new heights to help

Fundraisers completing event
Fundraisers completing event

A WOKINGHAM charity is scaling new heights to help younger people suffering from dementia.

It has launched a series of fundraising events including climbing Europe’s highest mountain, Mont Blanc, and swimming in the Serpentine in London’s Hyde park.

There is also the chance to take part in a 10k race in the capital to raise funds for the growing number of people under-65 suffering from the condition.

There are around 500 cases in Berkshire alone who often miss out on care as services are often limited to older people.

Now, the charity, Younger People with Dementia, is aiming to raise funds to reach the growing number of under-65s living with the progressive illness.

Director Mark Hainy said: “People diagnosed with Young Onset Dementia can be left feeling incredibly vulnerable and likely to become isolated over time, as the illness progresses.

“This happens at a life stage when they would expect to still have a career, be supporting their family and have an active social life.

“Younger People with Dementia exists to provide support, guidance, activities and advice for those with Young Onset Dementia, who live in Berkshire and it’s services have grown rapidly across the county.

“We know that there are at least 500 people across Berkshire, with this progressive illness and we want to offer our unique services to them and their carers.”

The charity is hoping people in Wokingham will sign up to raise funds through its series of challenges which includes a trek up Mont Blanc.

Clinical director to the charity Dr Jacqui Hussey added: “The charity’s group based activities help to maintain skills, improve quality of life and bring people together.

“We’re looking forward to cheering on members of the community as they raise funds to allow us to keep improving life experience for those with Young Onset Dementia.”

n If you’d like to take on a challenge you can email Younger People with Dementia directly: contact@YPWD.info or visit the following page to signup: ypwd.info/events

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