Physiotherapist cycles 1080 miles in 9 days for Alzheimer Scotland

 

  1. Can you tell us about your job as a physiotherapist?

I work for the East Lothian Adult Joint Mental Health Team. It’s a multi-disciplinary team which includes nurses, doctors, occupational therapists, social workers, peer support workers, and others. I work mostly with adults, trying to help them with their aches and pains as any physiotherapist would, but I also have a particular interest in using exercise to help people improve their mental health.

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  1. Can you tell us about your recent fundraising event?

I love cycling, as does my friend Fraser, so we decided to cycle Land’s End to John O’Groats for Alzheimer Scotland!

Our plan was to be as self-sufficient as possible; taking tents and sleeping bags, and to avoid busy roads by using the Sustrans cycle network wherever possible. This added a few miles to the route, but kept it safer and probably a bit more scenic. We ended up cycling 1080 miles over 9 and half days, and ascended 45000 feet along the way.

Everyone has been so generous in sponsoring us on our JustGiving page; in the end we’ll have raised well over £2000 for Alzheimer Scotland.

  1. What was the highlight of the name of the event in here?

It was all amazing (now that our aches have gone) – but for me a particular highlight was the bit from Aberfeldy to near Inverness – I’ve seen the cycle path beside the A9 so many times, and always wanted to ride it: We had a tail wind that helped us up and through the Drumochter pass and the Slocht pass, with just amazing scenery all around. The difference between cycling this route and driving it is near indescribable – the sense of scale being probably the most memorable aspect.

  1. What 5 photographs capture your journey the most?

Fraser was the photographer! And so here are his 5 favourites to outline our journey

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  1. Why did you choose Alzheimer Scotland to as your chosen charity?

Fraser and I have a shared friend whose mum has Dementia, and so it seems so very close to home (our mums are the same age), and I think that’s the rub of it; that everyone we spoke to along our journey and everyone who sponsored us have been so generous because they all know or know of someone who has been diagnosed with Dementia.

Finally, there are many of you who do fantastic fundraising for us and we would love to share some of your memorable photographs too – share them with us at @alzscot and find out how your fundraising support us here http://my.alzscot.org/how-your-support-helps/

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pic iGuy Whitehead , Advanced Physiotherapy Practitioner

@guywyted

I am the Physio for the East Lothian Adult Joint Mental Health Team.  I work in the community providing Physiotherapy assessment and interventions to a broad range of people who are in touch with secondary care mental health services.  I also act as specialism lead across East and Midlothian, and work closely with my colleagues in Musculoskeletal, Inpatient and domiciliary Services.

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