Virgin London Marathon 2013: Hitchin dementia nurse took up running as a bet

Wendy Ward, from Hitchin, is raising money for Alzheimer's UK

Wendy Ward, from Hitchin, is raising money for Alzheimer's UK - Credit: Archant

A NURSE who has worked with people with dementia for more than 20 years is running the London Marathon to raise money for research into the condition.

Wendy Ward, who works to support dementia services at Herts Partnership Foundation NHS Trust, is raising money for Alzheimer’s Research UK.

The Hitchin resident decided she wanted to work with people with dementia after seeing her grandmother struggle with the condition.

And she decided to raise money through running after taking up the sport as a bet two years ago.

“I had a very close relationship with her, and although I already knew I wanted to be a nurse, seeing her battle made me decide I wanted to care for people with dementia,” said the 48-year-old.

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“Through my job I’ve seen just how devastating this condition is for people and their families and I wanted to do what I could to help tackle the diseases that cause it.”

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