Bristol doctors in the running for BRACE
A team of local medics are limbering up to run the Bristol 10K next Sunday for BRACE.
Rachel Wring, a phlebotomist at the Fishponds Family Practice, and her team were inspired to run for BRACE after encountering the devastating effects of the illness on a daily basis.
Rachel said: “Everyone at the practice knows someone who has been affected by Alzheimer’s, and we work with Alzheimer’s patients every day, so it’s a cause that is really close to our hearts.
“It’s very important for us to raise the profile of BRACE because charities that support the elderly do not get as much publicity as others. “The more time and expertise we dedicate to Alzheimer’s research the more likely we are to find a cure.”
Rachel, 23, is delighted by the support they have received during training and hopes to raise lots of cash for BRACE and the vital research that they fund.
She said: “We have a collection box in reception and everybody has been very generous, it’s a real motivator to know that everyone is behind you. We are a mixed bunch of athletes, some of us are much more experienced than others but we all encourage each other and if one of us is struggling we will pull each other through.”
Mark Poarch, chief executive of BRACE, said the battle against Alzheimer’s was only possible with the support of the public. He said, “People like Rachel and all the supporters at Fishponds Family Practice make scientific research possible with their incredibly generous donations. They have first-hand experience of caring for Alzheimer’s patients and their families so they know how it can affect everyone and not just the person with the condition.”