The long walk for fundraising

Derwent Living customer Karina Visha is a one-woman powerhouse: her charity fundraising work is almost ceaseless.

Karina started raising money for cancer research by competing in ‘ultra white collar boxing’ last year and, always on the lookout for fundraising opportunities, Karina decided to go on a sponsored walk from Derby to Matlock and return, a foot-slogging 36 miles.

A few of the white collar boxers joined the walk and numbers of participants started to snowball. Many of the walkers had family who had died from, or who were living with, dementia, so it seemed fitting to raise funds for those afflicted.

The force of social media

Karina created a Facebook page called ‘Walk for Dementia’ and only ten days later, arranged a sell-out clairvoyance event with two mediums, Lisa Bonito Day and Annette Rogers. Funds have also been received from bereaved families who had specified that they wished for donations, not flowers, at a loved ones funeral.

As the amounts of money coming in became greater and more regular, Karina looked into the possibility of raising over £5000 in the year, in order for her to register Walk for Dementia as a charity. More events were planned and carried out. For example, a Star Wars event at the Asda superstore Sinfin, Derby helped provide Christmas hampers for dementia sufferers and their families.

Reaching dizzy heights

As a result of her fundraising efforts, she has risen over £5,500 in four months, so Walk for Dementia’s application for official charitable status is now pending. A £1000 donation was recently made to Kingsway hospital, but it’s not only financial benefits that Karina provides, it’s also about raising awareness of people living with dementia. For example, her organisation recently raised money to develop memory gardens at private care-homes around Derbyshire. Their first project will commence very soon, and when the plans were outlined to care-home staff in Chellaston, Derby, they were overwhelmed with the generosity shown.

The next planned event is scheduled for June 18th this year, a sponsored abseil down the side of Derby’s Jury’s Inn hotel building. Later, Karina hopes that the annual walk from Matlock Bath to Derby will attract over 100 participants.

Walk for Dementia has recently taken on an ‘extreme events co-ordinator’ to cope with demand for all the fundraising efforts in the pipeline. Derwent Living wishes Karina and her new colleague all the very best. Keep up the good work!