A Sheffield woman is taking on a tough trek in memory of both her grandmothers who suffered from dementia.
Lucy Hague, of Frecheville, is preparing for a challenging climb up Ben Nevis –the highest mountain in the UK – in the dark in July.
The hike – which could take more than 10 hours to complete – is to raise money for The Alzheimer’s Society.
The 34-year-old nurse lost both her grandmothers to the disease – Mary Greaves, 93, died 13 years ago and Irene Hague died aged 89 in October.
Lucy said: “I work in a dementia care home as a nurse and it was devastating to see the disease so close to home.
“People are slowly taken away from you, pieces of them just die, It is so upsetting, so to me it is important that we keep fighting against it.”
Lucy is no stranger to difficult expeditions having climbed Ben Nevis before as part of the three peaks challenge – but she said that walking in the dark will add a new level of difficulty.
She said: “This time the trek it will be by night.
“The challenge is to set off before midnight and we will walk by torch light and hopefully moonlight.
“The terrain can be steep and quite rocky in places but it does eventually level out.
“The hardest part is that it will be pitch black, which will be quite challenging and a bit scary but it is a great mountain to walk and has beautiful scenery which will see when it gets light.”
But Lucy said taking on the difficult terrain is worth it to earn cash for a charity very close to her heart.
She said: “I want to raise a few hundred pounds for The Alzheimer’s Society and I’ll be keeping myself for a good cause, which I would encourage anyone to do.
“Dementia, isn’t just going to go away anytime soon, we have to keep fighting it and keep raising money.”
n If you would like to donate to Lucy’s charity challenge visit https://www.justgiving.com/nursehague