A woman is embarking on a gruelling 81-day challenge to raise awareness of a cause close to her heart.
For the past 20 years, Kerry Smith has undertaken a number of challenges to fund raise for Alzheimer’s Scotland.
The 47-year-old has been inspired by her nan Katie Posgate, known to many as “Nanny P”, who passed away after suffering from Alzheimer’s in 1997.
Starting on May 11, the gym owner and personal trainer will either walk, cycle or run 20 kilometres, for 81 days in a row.
Kerry said: “The distance signifies 20 years since Nanny P died, and the 81 days mark her age when she passed.
“I’ll be staring in May and looking to finish on July 30.
“Hopefully it will be a big finish on what would have been the week of nan’s birthday.
“I think Nanny P would be proud, but she’d also think I’m crazy.”
Kerry, from Torry, will clock-up the miles in Spain, England, Edinburgh, Dundee and Glasgow, where her nan lived for some of her life.
She said: “Dementia is incredibly challenging for any family to deal with, and it’s so hard for those who are left behind.
“When my nan was first diagnosed, we all took it quite well and we were even able to have a joke with her when she would repeat herself.
“But she ended up being sectioned in Cornhill and it became incredibly hard.
“We found sharing old photos and memories helped a bit.
“Near the end I would go and see her and she wouldn’t know who I was, but she would hold my hand which I like to think meant something.”
And Kerry is no stranger to a challenge – previously marking the first, fifth, 10th and 15th anniversaries of Nanny P’s death with fundraising missions.
She said: “On the first anniversary of her death I walked 12 hours non-stop on a treadmill, the 5th anniversary I completed 15 hours non-stop, 10th anniversary 18 hours non-stop and the 15th anniversary I did 20 hours non-stop.
“But that was incredibly tough, a real physical and mental challenge – I was physically sick.
“So this year I wanted to do something different and get outdoors, especially since it’s the 20th anniversary.”
Kerry will be publishing her location and route in the hope people will want to join her on her challenge.
She said: “I’m hoping this way other people can join me, even for just a kilometre or two.
“It’ll be a great chance to raise money for Alzheimer’s Scotland while meeting some new faces too.
“My aim is to raise as much money as I can.
“The work the community groups, local centres, homes and carers do is very special for the individuals and families that need it.
“Nanny P suffered with Alzheimer’s for many years and, as a family, to cope and rally round keeping life as normal as possible was not an easy task.
“To be able to get out into the community and use the support these places and people can give you really does make a difference.”
To support Kerry on her 81-day challenge you can visit her Just Giving page.