Lucie runs 10K to raise money for dementia friendly garden

Lucie Ward (35) from Caterham, completed a 10K challenge by running Vitality London 10,000 on Monday 28 May 2018 to raise money for SASH Charity, to help create Camomile Courtyard, a new dementia friendly garden for patients and their families at East Surrey Hospital, run by Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust.

The dementia friendly garden will be purpose built, so patients can access a relaxing outdoor space, in an area which incorporates reminiscence elements and provides additional stimulation with colours, fragrances of flowers and sounds of wildlife.

Lucie, occupational therapy assistant at East Surrey Hospital said: “The garden is an opportunity to improve the life of someone living with dementia whilst in hospital.”

Lucie ran 6.3 miles alongside her brother Adam Ward (38) in soaring temperatures over the bank holiday and finished the race in 1 hour 36 minutes, raising £500 for the courtyard.

“This was the first 10K I have run and I really wanted to raise money for something that I care passionately about.”

Emily Brown, fundraising manager for SASH Charity said: “Thank you to Lucie and her brother for raising money towards creating Camomile Courtyard. Their support is invaluable and will help improve the lives of people living with dementia.”

You can support Lucie by visiting her JustGiving page here: