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A donor’s story: Nicki Adamson goes the extra mile to support Alzheimer’s, Dementia and Parkinson’s (ADP)

ADP is one of the biggest healthcare crises of our age, and the world is still waiting for the discovery that’ll truly change the game and start improving lives.

Nicki Adamson at the Chester Ultra 50-mile race
Nicki Adamson (right) and Shirley Moran

At Nottingham Trent University (NTU), we’re confident we can deliver that breakthrough and we're working hard to deliver a pioneering solution.

Our work hinges on the generosity of donors, whose gifts are fundamental to our development – they help us to grow our team of researchers, broaden our perspectives and expertise, and access world-class research tools and technology.

Nicola-Jane Adamson is one of our valued supporters. Her father was recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s and being a keen runner looking for a new challenge, Nicki was inspired to run the Chester Ultra 50-mile race!

Such an epic run is certainly not for the faint-hearted, so how did Nicki train and what was her experience on the day?

“I had run marathons before, and I had just turned 40 so I wanted a new challenge to mark the occasion. I ran three to four times a week, ensuring I did a long run each week. The race started at 6 am and we finished at 9.50 pm! It was a long day, but it flew by at the same time. The volunteers and support team at the Chester Ultra 50-mile event were so supportive and friendly, which really helped. Shirley (Moran) and I ran the race together. She was my rock and kept me going. My husband, kids and friends also very kindly came to support us on the route as well.”

Congratulations to Nicki on her incredible effort – she has raised nearly £2,000 in support of ADP research at NTU, through generous donations from her family and friends.

Inspired by her experience, Nicki has already entered the Chester Ultra and the Manchester to Liverpool Ultra next year and hopes to continue her fundraising efforts.

If you want to find out more about NTU’s research into ADP and explore how you can be part of something life-saving, visit our website or get in touch with our fundraising team.

Published on 17 May 2022
  • Category: Fundraising