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Dodson Running For Dementia

Shrivenham defender Macauley Dodson is set swap his football boots for running shoes next month as he looks to complete in his first ever London Marathon.

The 20-year old is hoping his efforts will raise £2000 in aid of Dementia UK – a cause that is close to home for the player.

“Unfortunately I have witnessed dementia first hand when my Aunty Jean became affected by vascular dementia and died from its symptoms back in 2017,” he explained about why he has chosen to raise funds for the charity.

“This terrible condition had a massive impact on my whole family and with so many more people being diagnosed each year there is a need for more research, so I’d like to I want to play a very small part in enabling the charity to continue the fantastic work they already do.”

Dementia UK provide specialist dementia support for families through their Admiral Nurse service, who work alongside people with dementia and their families, providing them with one-to-one support, expert guidance and the practical solutions they need which can be difficult to find elsewhere.

Having been accepted to run on behalf of the charity back in Septemer [2018], Macauley began his training straight away and has built up his long distance endurance which is currently up to the 15 mile point, along with gym sessions and of course training and playing for Shrivenham.

Concluding, the player added:  “This marathon is a huge challenge for me so I would be very grateful if you could donate whatever you can.  Thank you.”

You can donate to Macauley’s efforts by visiting his Virgin Money Fundraising page HERE and you can find out more about Dementia UK by visiting their website HERE.