Sharing Our Way of ‘Giving’ this Christmas

Something a bit different for the Berry Rowan blog this time – from Jeanette.

Pat – My Mother-in-Law

Some of my clients already know that my dear mother in law Pat (pictured) was diagnosed with dementia back in 2018. Some of you may have experienced the same and shared with me on those days when I was trying to remain professional at work, but personal events had taken over and I thank you for listening and sharing your own stories – you know who you are…

As a family it’s something we have never experienced, we could never have imagined the intensity, the all-consuming and frightening experience and the complexity of trying to get the right information and the right professionals involved as well as the very personal and varying affects it had on the family.

But we know we are not alone; many families are facing the same challenges and day to day stress following the diagnosis of a loved one. It’s affected us all in different ways and over the coming weeks I will be sharing our family experience in the hope it may help or comfort others who are living with a similar situation.

I have also decided to raise money to support Alzheimer’s Research UK in their effort to learn more and research this terrible disease.

So, this year, instead of sending Christmas cards to clients, we will use the money we would have spent to kick-start our fundraising.  And, together with my husband Greg and best friends Richard and Carol, I will be running the London Landmarks half marathon on 29th March 2020 to support Alzheimer’s Research UK.

If you too have decided not to send cards this Christmas maybe you could support my fundraising efforts? Or perhaps you could make a donation to sponsor me – any amount is welcome; it will all make a difference.