Professor Michael Kipping, a member of Carnarvon Lodge No 2376, set out at the beginning of the year to complete all 214 Wainwright peaks to raise funds and awareness for the Alzheimer’s Society.
Michael’s chosen charity has a very special connection to him and his family, after his dad Graham Kipping was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in November 2022 and is receiving treatment and support.
In just nine months Michael managed to complete all 214 peaks, and on his final walk at Castle Crag, he was joined by 40 of his family and friends, (and five dogs), who were there to support him as he completed his challenge.
At the top of the final peak, emotions were high and many sat to rest and contemplate the real reason why they were all there. Michaels great achievement and commitment to completing the Wainwright challenge is a way for him to say thank you to the Alzheimer’s Society for the support they give his father, mother and family, and what an amazing gesture it was, which will help so many others as well.
After completing the challenge Michael said these few words: “Thank you to everyone who has offered me words of encouragement, taken time to chat about their own personal experiences with dementia and joined me on parts of my challenge. Your support has been amazing, and it’s meant a huge amount to me.”
The Alzheimer’s Society are working towards a world where dementia no longer devastates lives. They do this by giving help to those living with dementia today and providing hope for the future through ground-breaking research.
The Wainwright’s are a collection of 214 Lake District hills named after Alfred Wainwright MBE, born 17 Jan 1907 and died 20 Jan 1991, aged 84. Alfred was a British fell walker, guidebook author and he published his seven-volume ‘Pictorial Guide to the Lakeland Fells’ between 1955 and 1966.
So far this year, Michael has raised over £12,000 for the Alzheimer’s Society from his Wainwright’s challenge but he is planning a few more events to help raise more. If you would like to support Michael, his JustGiving page will be open until the end of the year, click on the following link;-
For information about the symptoms of Alzheimer’s, the Alzheimer’s Society have a symptoms checklist on their website which is endorsed by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP). For more information, .