FIVE members of staff at a veterinary practice have raised almost £6,000 for the Alzheimer's Society after completing an arduous 26-mile trek.

Personally affected by the disease, Nicola Rolinson, Sarah Parker, Eve Thomas, Laura Turner and Karen Cameron-Price, from Builth Wells Veterinary Practice, took on the Trek26 event on Saturday, July 8, walking in the beautiful surroundings of the Brecon Beacons/Bannau Brycheiniog – even if they were accompanied by torrential rain.

The quintet had set an initial fundraising goal of £1,500, but obliterated that, thanks to the generosity of a local Builth business.

“We all completed the trek despite torrential rain for a good part of the day,” said Nicola.

“In total between our Just Giving page and cash donations, we raised over £2,700. In addition, the Builth Wells branch of the NFU Mutual kindly supported the cause, generously adding £3,000 to the above figure.

“We would like to thank everyone who supported us in this fundraising venture.”

County Times:  The group has raised a total of £5,700 from the walk The group has raised a total of £5,700 from the walk (Image: None)

Personal experience of close family and friends suffering with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia motivated the intrepid group to undertake this challenge, with Sarah’s father recently diagnosed with Alzhemier's, while Nicola lost her mother to the condition.

The money raised will help fund research into the causes of dementia and to support those already living with the condition.

You can still donate to the case, or to find out more about the trek, visit