Runner’s hopes for Alzheimers research

Tim Ulyatt of Gosberton who is preparing to do the Great North Run.
Tim Ulyatt of Gosberton who is preparing to do the Great North Run.

A care home’s entertainments co-ordinator from Gosberton is hoping to raise money to help people with dementia.

September’s Great North Run half-marathon is waiting for Tim Ulyatt, 24, of Gosberton, who works at Cedar Falls Care Home, Spalding, and will be running for The Alzheimer’s Society.

Tim has been running since he was 17 and says that over those seven years he has found the experience ‘brilliant’.

He said: “It’s very rewarding and motivational and is very well supported.”

He first got into running at Moulton College when they did a fun run.

He said: “I just took it up and one of the coaches there said I was quite good at it. I then realised I wanted to persevere and keep doing it.”

Talking about previous attempts Tim said: “I’ve done it twice before and enjoyed it because the atmosphere is really brilliant and the support is great.

“Since working at Cedar Falls in October 2012, I’ve become passionate about raising money for the Alzheimer’s Society after taking my first step into working with people who have dementia.

“I’d never worked in the area before, but you do find ways of getting through to the residents with dementia by using music and other reminders of their past.

“I have seen how upsetting it can be for the families and I would love to raise enough so they can do research for it and maybe slow it down or give the families some peace of mind that they’re not on their own.”

“To prepare for the Great North Run, I’m training with Bourne Town Harriers four nights a week and I’d like to raise as much as I can for a really good cause.”

To help Tim, call Cedar Falls Care Home on 01775 713233 or visit www.justgiving.com/tim-ulyatt1

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