Jake Perrie, 41, will participate in a 10,000 foot skydive to raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Society on August 6.
Perrie, a CARE home team leader, who has worked at Colne in Halstead for two years, has been caring for people with dementia for over 20 years.
The fundraiser, named One Giant Leap, is a skydive event that has been organized by the Alzheimer’s Society to solicit money for the charity.
“I’ve worked with people living with dementia for over two decades – spending two of those years at Colne View.
“I’ve seen first-hand the effects dementia has on not only the people living with it but also on their families and loved ones.
“I’ve never done anything like this before and have to admit, I’m pretty nervous. It’s all for an amazing cause though, and I hope people will dig deep and show their support,” Perrie said.
The mission of the Alzheimer’s Society is to “transform the landscape of dementia forever. Until the day we find a cure, we will strive to create a society where those affected by dementia are supported and accepted, able to live in their community without fear or prejudice.”
“Last year my father was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, I will be taking part in the One Giant Leap on 6 August 2017 to raise much-needed funds for Alzheimer’s Society. This is an organized tandem parachute jump from 10,000 feet,” said Elizabeth Archer, another skydiving participant. “I can’t wait to be part of something fantastic and to raise money for such an amazing charity. I am doing this for him and my mum.”
Perrie hopes to raise at least £430 to take part in the jump. Colne View will host a series of events to help him achieve his goal.
“Imagine your life fading. Imagine being stuck in the past. Familiar faces strange to you and the confusion you feel. It’s scary! But now imagine watching the person you love going through that,” said Perrie. “Dementia is a cruel disease, there is no question about that. But its effects stretch far beyond ‘the victim’. It’s the families that also suffer, sometimes for years. Great strides are being made into research for this terrible disease but more needs to be done. Please donate as much as you could, even it’s the price of a coffee and a sandwich you get on the way to work. You really can make a difference.”
Rebecca Williamson, whose brother Mark will also be participating in the event, added, “Our Nan suffered with vascular dementia before she passed away in 2012 and our Granddad was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s around three years ago. If you could spare just a couple of pounds to sponsor Mark, we would be very grateful. Every penny raised will help Alzheimer’s Society to improve the life of people living with dementia by offering support for individuals and their family, continuing to research dementia care, causes, cures and prevention, as well as campaigning to raise awareness of dementia and pushing for a more dementia-friendly society.”
To donate contact Kim Richardson, on 01787 389 337 or email [email protected]