Dementia fund-raiser sets sights on world-record bid

Gemma Little with a picture of her mother Anne. Picture by Jane Coltman.
Gemma Little with a picture of her mother Anne. Picture by Jane Coltman.

A daughter who has helped raise thousands of pounds for the Alzheimer’s Society in memory of her mother is trying to organise a dementia-related world-record attempt.

Gemma Little , from Amble, lost her beloved mum Anne, 64, in 2006 after she had fought a decade-long battle with the disease.

Since the tragedy, the 32-year-old set up Save the Memories to raise awareness of and funds for dementia. Events have included two charity walks from Craster to Amble.

And now, nurse Gemma is setting her sights on an ambitious world-record attempt to turn as many people as possible into Dementia Friends in one venue, in one day.

As part of her bid, she is trying to gauge the level of interest and see if anyone would be keen on helping out on the day, which she hopes to hold during Dementia Awareness Week in May 2016. She said: “I was thinking we could hold the biggest day of turning people into Dementia Friends and at the same time entering the Guinness Book of Records by either making a new record or breaking one.

“I need to do a little research into what records stand, but this is something I cannot do on my own and would need help. So I am putting out the idea to see if anyone would like to get involved and help. It would raise so much awareness and at the same time create so many Dementia Friends.

“We would need a venue, recruitment of participants and officials and most likely a bit more. I might be biting off more than I can chew but I thought I would put the idea out there and see if anyone can help or offer advice. Alzheimer’s slowly robbed my mam of her memories and her life and that was devastating. It’s because of her that I want to raise awareness and funds.”

A Dementia Friend learns more about dementia and the small ways they can help.

For more details or to help Gemma, email xdreamqueenx@hotmail.com or call 07739 896557.