Published: Saturday 18th June 2016
Jemma Cropper, Care Assistant at Hambleton Grange care home in Thirsk, bungee-jumped 300ft to raise money for the Alzheimer's Society. Her dare-devil achievement has raised £314 so far for her cause which will go towards research and support for those with dementia.
Delivering care to residents with a diagnosis of dementia who live at Hambleton Grange, Jemma has been moved by their braveness in the face of such a devastating disease. Wanting to do her part to raise funds for more research into Alzheimer's disease, Jemma decided she too would undertake a brave task and committed to the bungee-jump which took place on Tatton Park, Manchester on 23rd April.
Following her big jump, Jemma said:
'I was so nervous before I did it, I couldn't believe I put myself up for it! The only thing that persuaded me to make that final leap was the thought of the residents I look after. I know the money I have raised today will go towards vital research into delaying the onset of dementia and potentially even help find future cures. Most importantly, I hope it helps to raise awareness of the disease in the Thirsk community.'
Alzheimer's Disease is the most commonly recorded type of dementia, accounting for 62% of all dementia diagnoses. At present, it is believed there are 850,000 people suffering with dementia in the UK and this is set to rise to over a million by 2025. Dementia remains one of the most under-funded areas of medical research, with no known cure despite 1 in 6 people over the age of 80 having some form of dementia.
Amanda Richardson, Regional Director for Hambleton Grange, added:
'All our staff are offered the opportunity to have virtual dementia training, which gives them a real life experience of what dementia feels like to our residents. For carers such as Jemma, this can be a very profound experience. The fact she has decided to undertake this impressive feat shows just how much she cares about Hambleton Grange's residents. She's a real attribute to Hambleton Grange and the Ideal Carehomes Group would like to show our support for her worthy cause by doubling her fundraising total.'
With the additional donation from Ideal Carehomes, Jemma has now raised a total of £628 for the Alzheimer's Society. If you would like to donate to Jemma's cause, you can do so through her JustGiving pageClick Here.