A retired teacher from Gerrards Cross will take on her first marathon later this month alongside her daughter, to raise money for Dementia Revolution.

70-year-old Judi Wilson will run the marathon to help raise money for this year’s London Marathon Charity partners Alzheimer’s Research UK and Alzheimer’s Society. Judi’s husband Roger is living with Alzheimer’s disease.

Judi has had to juggle her training alongside caring full time for her husband. Her daughter lives in Hertfordshire, meaning that Judi has had to train for the marathon on her own.

“Luckily I love running on my own so there is no running partner to consider. We will be a mother daughter team on the day of course and we have vowed to cross the finish line holding hands.”

“The support we've had from friends and family donating to Dementia Revolution has been awesome and we can't thank people enough. We set up our Virgin Money Giving page in December and the response was phenomenal. Our target is now £7,500 which we've almost reached and that in itself is great motivation.”

Understandably, Judi said that she will be “nervous on the day” of the mammoth feat but said that the support she has received from her family has helped inspire her to complete the challenge.

“My family seem to be proud of me, although my son thinks I'm slightly nuts! They've told me they're not surprised as I like a challenge and I've always wanted to run in the London Marathon.

“They also say it's a huge undertaking and have admiration for my dedication and commitment when I'm looking after their Dad as well, plus all the other things I do. They're very happy for me and want me to enjoy it!”

If you wish to donate to Judi, you can do so by visiting: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/teamroger.