Best Foot Forward for Grand Charity Challenge

Colleague Bret Nightingale completes the Hadrian’s Wall Trek to raise money for Alzheimer’s Society.

A charity walker from Sedgley has raised more than £1,000 for Alzheimer’s Society in a challenging trek alongside the world-famous Hadrian’s Wall.

Bret Nightingale, a Customer Relations Officer with the West Brom building society, completed the 24 mile route across demanding and awe-inspiring terrain to support the company’s charity of the year.

He was sponsored by colleagues at the West Brom, his friends and family members.  Bret is a keen walker and climber, having previously tackled some of Britain’s highest peaks, and completed this gruelling challenge in an impressive time of just under 10 hours.

“There is currently no cure for dementia but taking on the Hadrian’s Wall Trek was my way of supporting the progress Alzheimer’s Society is making in its mission to find a cure for this devastating disease and to promote better care for the growing number of people affected by it,” Bret explained.

The one-day Hadrian’s Wall Trek was organised by Alzheimer’s Society and started early in the morning from the northernmost point of the wall near the Brocolitia Roman Fort.  Walkers were able to admire ancient monuments, Roman ruins and beautiful scenery along the way.

Bret added: “I am really proud to have taken part in the trek and, thanks to the kindness and generosity of those who sponsored me, raised so much money for this fantastic charity.

“It was by far the toughest physical challenge I have ever done and took a lot of effort and determination to complete.  There’s no doubt the overwhelming support I have received spurred me on right to the finish line.”

The West Brom is a leading regional building society with branches throughout the Black Country and Birmingham.

Colleagues chose to support Alzheimer’s Society earlier this year and have a number of fundraising events planned for the coming months.

Ray Nash, Alzheimer’s Society’s Senior Regional Corporate Fundraising Executive, said: “We congratulate Bret on his efforts and we’re really grateful to everyone at the West Brom for getting behind us so enthusiastically.

“One in three people aged over 65 will develop dementia so there is a real need for help and understanding for those living with the condition and their families and carers.”

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