Daughter Dedicates First Fun Run To Her Mum

In 2011 Jacqui’s mum, Juleen, was diagnosed with depression. Unfortunately, it was the wrong diagnosis and Juleen turned out to have dementia. Jacqui and her family had to come to terms with the devastating news.

Jacqui explained: “It soon became apparent it was more than depression and dementia was diagnosed. I was 47 when she was diagnosed. Alzheimer’s was not specifically diagnosed in the beginning, it was more towards the end of her life it was apparent.”

Alzheimer’s is a chronic neurodegenerative disease that usually starts slowly and worsens over time. The most common symptom is memory loss. This had a big impact on Jacqui’s life. Towards the end of her mother’s life it became very difficult to communicate, however there was one special way in which they would correspond!

“Mum very rapidly lost the power of speech and therefore there was no actual verbal communication with her – although she did respond to singing!

The Alzheimer’s Society helped Jacqui through some hard times and she hopes by raising money and awareness that others in a similar situation can benefit too.

“I did not realise before Mum became ill quite how many people dementia affected.

I found the information on their website very useful in knowing what to expect and also the stories of others going through the same thing.”

Big Fun Run attracts people of all shapes, sizes and ages. No event is timed, it is all about participants having fun and raising funds for a charity close to their heart. This is Jacqui’s first 5K event. She has no previous running experience and what better way to motivate herself than to run for a charity so close to her heart.

“I am lucky in that I work for a leisure centre with a fabulous gym and so I started walking on the treadmill every day before work and soon progressed to some interval running”

Jacqui downloaded the NHS Couch to 5k app and signed up for the Big Fun Run.

“Following this I have been running regularly and have completed a couple of local Parkruns and can now manage a 5k run in about 40 minutes – not bad for a 54 year old who had never run in her life before! I felt I wanted to mark my first official 5k by raising some money and so found the Big Fun Run online and signed up.”

The Big Fun Run promises a fun, relaxed atmosphere and is the perfect challenge to set yourself in 2019!

To read more about Jacqui’s story and to donate please visit: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/jacqueline-cornaby