Following a recent family experience with dementia, my son Jack and 2 of his friends took part in the Youth and Philanthropy Initiative, supported by the Wood foundation. The YPI initiative is one of the biggest and most successful independent programmes being delivered in Scotland’s schools, having engaged more than 140,000 young people in social issues within their communities. In the last decade it has granted £3.2M to hundreds of small Scottish charities. I was very proud and delighted when Jack’s team won the £3,000 grant for their presentation supporting The Living Well Project in Aberdeen.
Inspired by Jack and his friends’ success and passionate desire to do something to help sufferers, I decided I too wanted to do my bit to help this small and relatively unknown charity. It has long been an ambition of mine to climb Kilimanjaro and so I recently took the plunge and booked the trip, with the intention of raising funds for The Living Well Project along the way. A 70km trek, summiting at over 19,000 ft, the trip will take 8 days to complete and I’ll be undertaking the trek at the beginning of August this year.Not to be left out, my colleagues in the Scotland Business Banking Team are joining in to support the fund raising and have taken on the challenge of “Climbing Kili in 12 Hours” between us. We will be setting up treadmills in our commercial office on Queens Road in
Aberdeen, on 30th May and will take turns climbing until we “reach the summit”.The Living Well Project is something very close to my heart, having seen at first hand the effects and impact that dementia and other related illnesses have on the sufferers and their families. While it is a devastating fact that many sufferers struggle to remember having even been at the Living Well Cafes, it is obvious that while they are there “in the moment”, they are having a wonderful time with the volunteers and the activities laid on for them.With your generous support, we can help the Living Well Project continue this invaluable service to the local community and ensure many more days of happiness for those affected.