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Ambler strides out to raise £1,700 for Alzheimer’s charity

A determined funeral director walked 850,000 steps around Leeds to help fight Alzheimer’s at a time when traditional fundraising activities haven’t been possible.

Charlotte Ambler, Diary Manager of Wm. Dodgson & Son Funeral Services in Harehills, faced limited options to raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Society on behalf of her late mother during lockdown restrictions. She therefore decided to walk several hundred miles over three months, bringing her total amount raised for the charity to more than £1,700.

She said: “I am always determined to raise money that goes into research and raising awareness around dementia, no matter the limitations.

“My hope is that one day we can be rid of the disease, and until then, make life easier for people like my mum.”

Charlotte has previously organised cupcake sales and community walks to help raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society using a MuchLoved online tribute page in memory of her mother, who passed away due to the disease in 2018.

She realised charities were struggling with funding as the coronavirus pandemic continued into 2021, so she got in touch with Alzheimer’s Society to explore what she could do during these unprecedented times.

“Alzheimer’s Society suggested their Step Up for Dementia challenge, with each of the 850,000 steps representing someone currently living with dementia, and I got straight to work.”

Friends, family and others from the Harehills community sponsored Charlotte’s three month-long walk, through her mother’s MuchLoved page, bringing its total amount raised to £1,703.
Limitations such as the pandemic and even bad weather left Charlotte undeterred in her mission, who stayed motivated by setting her own personal goals.

She explained: “When I began this challenge over three months ago there wasn’t much to do except walk and stay fit. Now, having finished, I feel overwhelmed by the support, as well as healthier.”

Charlotte now plans to arrange a live music event with her husband, who plays in a band, to raise more funds for the Alzheimer’s Society as lockdown restrictions ease.


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