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HMNB Clyde Sailor Supports Alzheimer Scotland

31 January 2017
Lieutenant (Lt) Mark Paton from HM Naval Base Clyde ran five kilometres every day throughout December to raise cash for Alzheimer Scotland.

Lt Paton ran a total of 155 kilometres, even running on Christmas day, Boxing Day, Hogmanay and after Christmas nights out.

The challenge is called Marcothon – named after founder Maro Consani -  and when Mark  heard about it from a colleague he thought he would do it for charity as he would be more motivated to complete the 31 day challenge.

“I chose to raise the cash for Alzheimer Scotland, as I have personally witnessed the challenges that individuals and their families face when dealing with Alzheimer’s,” said Mark.

All funds raised will help us make sure that nobody has to face dementia on their own.

Bronwyn O'Riordan

“My Grandfather had it before he passed away in 2015 so it was the charity that was closest to my heart.”

Mark ran most days in the West End of Glasgow, with a few sprints taking place round the Naval Base during lunch times.  Mark continued to run over Christmas, which he spent with his family in Aberdeenshire.

The spectacular scenery here made his daily challenge much more enjoyable.

He faced quite a few challenges over the month including winter weather, tired legs and hangovers. However he kept at it, and posted regular updates on Facebook to prove it to friends and family.

Mark presented a cheque for £1,160.52 to Anne-Marie King of Alzheimer Scotland on Monday 23rd January in the Alzheimer Scotland Office in West Princes Street, Helensburgh.

Bronwyn O'Riordan, Community Fundraiser, Alzheimer Scotland, said:  “A big thank you to Mark for his wonderful efforts throughout December to support people living with dementia and to all the staff at the base who supported his challenge by donating funds, every penny makes a difference.

“It is Alzheimer Scotland’s mission to challenge dementia once and for all by working with our supporters and partners to increase awareness of the condition and raise vital funds to support our services.

“All funds raised will help us make sure that nobody has to face dementia on their own.

“We look forward to working alongside the Royal Navy Base to deliver dementia friends information sessions among staff to help increase understanding of the condition, and of the small things everyone can do to help make a big difference for people living with dementia in their community.”

Alzheimer Scotland believes that nobody should go through dementia on their own.

Alzheimer Scotland funds local Dementia Advisors, who support people with dementia, their partners, families and carers. They also work with local communities.

If you have any questions about dementia and of the services available in your area call Alzheimer Scotland’s 24 Helpline on 0808 808 3000 or visit the website at www.alzscot.org

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