Manchester Pride’s festival director, Jackie Crozier, and promotions manager Dale Vicker, are pleased to announce that they have raised a grand total of £12,000 for the Alzheimers Society just two days before they are set to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa.

Jackie and Dale will leave Manchester on their epic, eleven day challenge this Thursday, 14 October. If you would like to make a donation and add to the amount generated, you can do so via Just Giving – links to which can be found at the bottom of this page.

Jackie Crozier said: “Dale and I have seen first hand how the disease can affect lives. My grandmother is living with the disease and Dale’s sadly passed away a couple of years ago.

“Having seen the impact that dementia has had on my gran, I wanted to do something to help raise money to fight the disease. Witnessing her deterioration from a proud, self-sufficient woman to one who can’t recognise her only granddaughter is deeply upsetting.

“My dream is that research can find a way to stop or cure the condition – one that robs people of precious lifetime memories. Climbing Kilimanjaro for Alzheimer’s would give me a way to do something in the name of my gran and the many, many others with the same condition.”

At 5,895 metres, Mount Kilimanjaro is Africa’s highest peak and one of the biggest volcanoes ever to break through the Earth’s crust. The climb takes the team along the Kenya-Tanzania border and passes through farmland and forest on the trek to the summit.

Read more about their story at www.pridetrekkers.co.uk

Follow their daily journey at http://www.manchesterpride.com/blog/

Alternatively, visit their JustGiving pages for more information and ways to donate:

Jackie Crozier

www.justgiving.com/Jackie-Crozier

Dale Vicker

www.justgiving.com/Dale-Vicker

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