Sharon Broadhurst is pretty sure she’s attended every Woodstock Walk since it first began 22 years ago! In spite of the fact that Sharon has no one in her immediate family affected by dementia, she said when her sister asked her if she’d like to participate in that first Walk, she thought, “why not?” Not only did Sharon attend, but when the Team Challenge was instituted several years ago, Sharon headed up a team at her workplace, CCAC. The participating employees and their families (with lots of kids included) would go to Sharon’s house for lunch, then all attend the Walk together. She says they made it a real family event – their team even won the Team Challenge several times. When CCAC no longer participated as a team, Sharon and her family put together a family team – and once again, they won a few times!
When asked why she keeps coming back to the Walk, Sharon says, “It’s something I find very worthwhile – I feel strongly that I want to support the Alzheimer Society of Oxford”. She says that because she brings her grandkids to the Walk, she really likes how the Walk involves the children, with all sorts of fun activities for them. Her grandkids look forward to it every year.
As well as raising money for and attending the Walks, Sharon also became a Volunteer Companion, sharing time every week with an individual with dementia, for about 9 or 10 years. She says she had the time to do it, and knew the need was there.
When we asked Sharon what she would say to encourage someone who hasn’t attended a Walk to give it a try, she replied, “I’d really encourage them to go – it’s a really good time. I always feel happy after being at the Walk, especially on a snowy January afternoon when there’s not much else to do anyway!”
Thank you so much, Sharon, for your dedication to the Alzheimer Society of Oxford and the many ways that you have participated in our programs over these many years! We couldn’t do what we do for our clients without the involvement of people like Sharon!