Emma walks through the night in a March church in memory of her mum to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society

Emma Palmer completed a 24 hour marathon inside St Peter's Church to raise money for the Alzheimer's

Emma Palmer completed a 24 hour marathon inside St Peter's Church to raise money for the Alzheimer's Society - Credit: Archant

A marathon feat of 24 hours of almost non-stop walking raised around £900 for the Alzheimer’s Society.

Emma Palmer successfully completed her challenge on a treadmill inside St Peter’s Church in memory of her mum.

Emma, 50, lost her mum to Alzheimer’s disease almost ten years ago.

Emma said: “My mum was a wonderful person and I really wanted to remember her in a positive way, plus do something meaningful to help people with Alzheimer’s.

“I would like to say a huge thank you for donations, encouragement and support for Alzheimer’s.

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“You are all amazing and I couldn’t have done it without you. I am humbled by the support I had, so thank you so much.

“Alzheimer’s is an awful disease that takes our loved ones and together we have done our bit to fight against it in the memory of Elaine deLozey, my mum.”

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Alzheimer’s Society is the leading dementia support and research charity, for anyone affected by any form of dementia in the UK.

Accounting for a five minute break every hour, Emma walked around 60 miles in the 24 hours.

A treadmill was set up in St Peter’s church hall in March and Emma began her walkathon at 2pm on Friday 27.

She took a TV with her and a few DVD box sets to pass the time and friends and family kept her company through the small hours.

Bacon butties, cakes, teas and coffees were available from 9am on Saturday morning as Emma approached the 24-hour point at 2pm.

There was a charity raffle and all the proceeds went to Alzheimer’s Society.

Ema added: “Thank you to St Peter’s Church for letting me use the hall, and my friends and family who have worked really hard to make this possible. Hopefully this money can make a real difference to someone with Alzheimer’s.”

You can still donate at Emma’s page on Virgin Money Giving

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