Threshfield couple present £1,600 to Alzheimer's Society

Dave Dixon and Sandra Dixon with Alzheimer’s Society fundraiser Sarah Robinson (centre) at Threshfield Court

Dave Dixon and Sandra Dixon with Alzheimer’s Society fundraiser Sarah Robinson (centre) at Threshfield Court

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Threshfield couple Dave and Sandra Dixon have handed over a cheque for £1,600 to the Alzheimer’s Society.

The money was raised by Dave tackling The Spine, described as Britain’s most brutal race.

It involves running the length of The Pennine Way from Edale in The Peak District to Kirk Yetholm in Scotland – a distance of 268 miles, which has to be completed in 168 hours.

He decided to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society as Sandra is an administrator at Theshfield Court, which specialises in dementia care, and he frequently visits the residents.

With Sandra providing food, drinks and dry clothes en route, Dave had to contend with rain, blizzards and high winds.

At Hawes he was forced to swap his running shoes for walking boots when his feet became swollen and blistered.

That meant he had to walk through the night to ensure he did not run out of time.

That put Sandra’s plans of staying in B&Bs out of the window and she ended up having to sleep in their car.

Dave arrived at Kirk Yetholm at about 2.30am, suffering with mild hypothermia and very sore feet.

Asked if he would do it again, he replied: “Never again, once was enough.”

And Sandra’s thoughts of the journey: “It was an emotional rollercoaster, never to be repeated.”

Their Just Giving web page is still open and can be accessed at justgiving/ David-Dixon6.

Meanwhile, Threshfield Court’s monthly coffee morning also raised a further £106 for The Alzheimer’s Society.

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