Two runners from Barnsley have between them raised over £2,500 for Barnsley Independent Alzheimer’s and Dementia Support (BIADS) after successfully completing last week’s Great North Run.

Katie Cadwell, 54, from Kexborough, only started running two years ago and decided to complete her first half marathon on behalf of BIADS. Sadly her mum Brenda, lost her fight with dementia back in November, but had previously enjoyed visiting BIADS’ dedicated dementia centre to take part in activities. Katie’s father, Brian Peel, still attends the centre to keep in touch with the friends he has made. Thanks to the generosity of family and friends, Katie raised £2000.

Completing the run for her fifth time was Leanne Kitching, 39, from Dodworth. She chose to fundraise for BIADS as her families’ life has been affected by dementia. Leanne’s employer G4s has kindly agreed to match monies raised via its employee sponsorship programme, seeing the total stand at £500.

Emma Atack, Development Manager for BIADS, says: “What Katie and Leanne have achieved is fantastic. Everyone here at BIADS, including our members, wish to say a huge thank you to them both and everyone who donated. The monies raised will go towards ensuring our dedicated dementia centre remains open, and that we continue to support those living in Barnsley whose lives are affected by dementia.”

Donations can still be made via BIADS’ Just Giving page.