Dementia Centred

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By Ailidh Aikman

January 10th, 2018

17 in 2017

At the end of 2016, Laura Paton, an Architect from Glasgow, got in touch with the DSDC about fundraising for the Trust in memory of her gran who sadly passed away after a long battle with dementia.

As an Architect, Laura has been involved in designing a care home using the DSDC’s Dementia Design Principles.  Knowing that small design changes can support people with dementia to live as well as possible, reducing stress and distress, encouraged Laura to raise funds for the Trust so DSDC can continue to provide education and training to improve lives of people with dementia and their families.

Over the year, Laura took on 17 mammoth challenges and raised an incredible £2,227.53!

The DSDC and the Trust can’t thank Laura enough for her hard work and determination. We know there’s a lot of preparation involved taking on one event never mind 17 – particularly when battling with the harsh Scottish weather. We also need to thank Laura’s family and friends as they have provided her with a lot of support, and joined her on some of the challenges. In particular I think Daisy, Laura’s beautiful dog, needs a special mention!

Laura has asked for the money she raised to go towards DSDC’s Dementia Education for Family Carers and Volunteers project, which is helping support people with dementia and their families in the community, providing practical solutions that can truly improve day to day lives for those affected by a diagnosis.

Thank you Laura!

Challenge 1 – 5k a day for a month 
Challenge 2 – 1700m swim 
Challenge 3 – 10k 
Challenge 4 – Kilt Walk 
Challenge 5 – Helensburgh 10K 
Challenge 6 – Colour Me Rad 
Challenge 7 – Race for Life 5k 
Challenge 8 – 8 mile hike of the West Highland Way 
Challenge 9 – Golf Challenge 
Challenge 10 – Dog Jog 
Challenge 11 – Great Scottish Swim 
Challenge 12 – Pretty Muddy 
Challenge 13 – Great Scottish Run 
Challenge 14 – Millport Cycle
Challenge 15 – Supernova Run 
Challenge 16 – 17,000 steps a day for 7 days
Challenge 17 – Santa Dash


You can still donate to Laura’s JustGiving page or if you’ve been inspired and would like to get involved in fundraising for DSDC, get in touch at

Categories: Dementia Care