Thank you, Andrew and Freja Petrie, for running the recent Liverpool Marathon for BRACE.

The father and daughter team raised over £500 by running 52 miles between them, funds which have been put straight into the reserve for the next round of grants.

The family’s BRACE connection goes back a long way. Wife to Andrew and mother to Freja is Professor Andrea Tales, a leading dementia researcher at Swansea University. Andrea’s work has long been supported by BRACE, both in Swansea and during her previous role at the University of Bristol.

You can read about some of Andrea’s current research on our website.

After the run, Andrew said, "We have completed the Liverpool Marathon! Whilst the run was really tough the route took us past all the sights of Liverpool such as Penny Lane and the Everton Stadium to the finish at Albert docks. A massive thank you to everyone who supported us; from the volunteers who handed out gels and water, the people of Liverpool, to everyone who supported us through our fundraising page, mum who drove us home because our legs wouldn't work and Sasha who cheered us all the way. Together we've raised over £500 for BRACE-Alzheimer's research!"

Liverpool Marathon 2017

Freja added, “Running the Liverpool marathon was an incredible experience!  I felt a great sense of pride running in the BRACE vests and it gave the race meaning and something to run for. There was live music along the route which cheered us all up and the people of Liverpool were very welcoming. Having had a few days to recover I’ve decided I will do another marathon - I think I may have caught the bug now!”

BRACE Chief Executive Mark Poarch said, “We are very grateful for the huge effort that Andrew and Freja have put it in. Through both their fundraising and Andrea’s research, this is a considerable family contribution to the long campaign to defeat dementia.”