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Markes International (Bridgend, UK) has sponsored a cross-Atlantic rowing expedition in support of Dementia UK Admiral Nurses. The “Forget Me Knot” crew will row almost 4000 miles of the Atlantic Ocean from Portugal to French Guiana, aiming to break two world records in the process—the first trio and the fastest boat to row from continental Europe to South America. However, their core mission is to raise over £100,000 in funding for Dementia UK Admiral Nurses.
Admiral Nurses work alongside people with dementia and their families, giving them one-to-one support, expert guidance, and practical solutions. Over 700,000 families in the UK care for people with dementia. The relentless demands of care commonly lead to depression and mental health problems, but few carers seek support. When things get challenging or difficult, Admiral Nurses provide expertise and invaluable experience for people with dementia and their families.
“Some of our teams have experienced first‑hand the physical and emotional ordeals of coping with dementia within their families,” commented Markes’ Managing Director, Tim Hawkins, adding: “During these Covid times when mental health has been so challenged, we felt that Forget Me Knot’s cause was one we wholeheartedly wanted to support.”
In June 2021, crew member and expedition organizer Johnnie Ball approached the company to see if it would be interested in supporting the cause.
“We wish Johnnie and his crew the very best of luck on their epic challenge. To say that they will have to work hard is somewhat of an understatement; they will certainly have to face extreme physical and mental challenges of their own in the coming days. In raising awareness of dementia, an often under-represented issue in society, perhaps they can help all those carers who also steadfastly put in so much hard work, day in and day out.”
If you would like to donate to the expedition please visit their GoFundMe page: https://www.gofundme.com/f/forget-me-knot-atlantic-row
For more information on Dementia UK Admiral Nurses, please visit: www.dementiauk.org/get-support/dementia-helpline-alzheimers-helpline