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'Glamorous grannies' scale peak to raise money for Alzheimer’s Society

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'Glamorous grannies' scale peak to raise money for Alzheimer’s Society

Two employees at Alliance Healthcare raised over £1,500 for the Alzheimer’s Society after dressing up as “glamorous grannies” and climbing Pen y Fan, the highest peak in South Wales.

Nick Atkins, Swansea service centre manager, and Karl Goodall, Swansea driver team manager, completed the six-hour challenge in wigs, tights and dresses to raise money for those with dementia, which most commonly affects people aged 65 and over.

Sixty-five per cent of the 944,000 people who live with the condition in the UK are women, according to Alzheimer’s Research UK.

The pair finished the climb despite carrying an Alliance Healthcare medicines cool box which weighed over 35kg.

“We decided to dress up as glamorous elderly ladies to bring attention to the demographic that are most affected by the disease. Raising money for Alzheimer’s Society is very close to my heart as my mother is currently in the later stages of this horrible disease,” Atkins said.

“It’s great that every penny raised through this event will go to such a worthy cause.”

Goodall said: “After doing many charity events previously I now needed a different challenge. When Nick and I spontaneously came up with this unique idea I knew it would be a sure way to raise money and awareness for such a great cause.”

Alliance Healthcare said donations can still be made.

The Alzheimer’s Society said it was “delighted” by the pair’s exploits and added: “With over 50,000 people living with dementia in Wales and 900,000 across the UK, there has never been more important time to support our work.

“Alzheimer’s Society Cymru relies on the generosity of its supporters, like Nick and Karl and Alliance Healthcare, to help us continue our vital work, providing help and hope for people affected by dementia. We cannot thank Nick and Karl enough for their amazing efforts to support Alzheimer’s Society Cymru.”

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