The Southern Push – For Alzheimer’s Research UK

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Follow Alex Ruffhead’s Adventure for a noble cause.

“The world is a better place to live in because it contains human beings who will give up ease and security and stake their own lives in order to do what they themselves think worth doing.” -


Alex’s plan is, 420 miles (roughly), alone, carrying everything on his back, to find a random fields, to pitch his tent, to sleep, to wake up and repeat. His aim is 35-40 miles a day.


Mulitple reasons. I love an adventure, the outdoors, the fresh air and the freedom. Im also quite partial to a long skate.

I needed a challenge! As a teenager I spent many hours watching ‘Long Treks on Skate Decks’ and i’ve always felt inspired by their trips. I firmly believe that you can do anything if you believe you can and if you have the passion, then nothing will stop you.

Last year my nana was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease and her decline during the time i’ve been planning this trip has been fast. She is an amazing woman with the biggest heart and is always smiling. Watching her condition get worse is very saddening. The cost of the care she will need and the research that goes into the drugs to slow her decline and develop cures for this awful disease is staggering. 

I aim to raise £12000 for a project being run by Alzheimer’s Research UK.



He is raising money for a project being undertaken at the University of Southampton, where Dr Gomez Nicola aims to find a drug that will dampen the immune response in Alzheimer’s, with the aim of reducing nerve cell death in the disease and improving symptoms. 



The £12,000 Alex aims to raise will pay for a chemist to work on the project for three months. Rebecca Futrall, Regional Fundraising Officer for Alzheimer’s Research UK, said:

“We couldn’t believe it when Alex said he was going to skateboard for more than 400 miles. It’s a huge challenge and we wish him the best of luck.

“There are 850,000 people with dementia in the UK, including 21,000 in Kent. Alzheimer’s Research UK is leading the way to find treatments and preventions for dementia. It wouldn’t be possible without supporters like Alex so we are very grateful to him.”



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For further information please contact Jessica Fleig,
Media Officer at Alzheimer’s Research UK, 

on 0300 111 5 666,
or email


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