MEETinLEEDS Support the Alzheimer’s Society

Emma takes part in the Great North Run to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society

Emma (left) shows off her medal for finishing the Great North Run

Emma at the Great North Run

Teams from across the University of Leeds Facilities Directorate, which includes MEETinLEEDS, Great Food at Leeds and Deli(very), have nominated the national charity to support for 2017/18 as the Alzheimer’s Society.

The teams have been working on ways to raise funds for this excellent charity and have also got a number of events planned – subscribe to our newsletter or follow us on Twitter for the latest news.

We got involved in the Alzheimer’s Society Cupcake Day event to raise awareness and funds for the charity, which has made over £200,000 with funds still coming in. The next event is on 14 June 2018, so pop the date in your diary and get your baking skills up to scratch!

There are a number of Memory Walks around the UK to get involved in – you can even organise your own! We are also looking forward to Elf Day, perhaps a little too much – stay tuned for our fund raising events.

However, we are here to heap praise on Emma, Conference Sales Executive here at MEETinLEEDS, who pushed herself to the limit in support of the Alzheimer’s Society. She had this to say:

“On Sunday 10 Septmber I took part in the Great North Run, which is the world’s largest half marathon. It was an amazing but tiring experience with 57,000 runners, the red arrows flying overhead and Mohamed Farah leading the way!

“The crowd were fantastic handing everything out from a high five, to jelly babies and even sausage rolls and beer! I found the first 10 miles really fun but the last 3.1 where very difficult. I was so happy to reach the top of the hill when I saw the sea and the 11 mile marker when I eventually got my second wind to get me through the finish line. I finished in 2 hours and 15 minutes in position 21,521 out of 43,127 people that crossed the finish line. I also raised £1035 sponsorship to add to our annual fundraising pot.

“I know we have some staff members taking part in the Yorkshire Marathon soon – I can’t imagine how difficult that will be so keep an eye out for those sponsorship links on the MEETinLEEDS Facebook and Twitter pages, and good luck to everyone taking part.”

You can see how much effort it took from the picture below – well done Emma!

Emma recovering from the Great North Run