Charity worker aims to raise funds for Alzheimers after dad’s diagnosis

A 25-year-old woman from Lerwick is aiming to raise £4,000 for the Alzheimer’s Society after her father was diagnosed with the condition.

Morag Smith had initially intended to run the London marathon this year, but her hopes were dashed after Covid-19 reduced the event to a virtual-only race.

But instead of feeling defeated, Ms Smith organised a hugely successful outdoor car boot sale at the Toll Clock Shopping Centre earlier this month to raise £780, and kickstart her fundraising mission.

Ms Smith, who now lives in London and works in the charity sector, could face a three-year wait to take to the streets of London for the race, with her place deferred to one of the next three marathons.

Ms Smith said that although her family had suspicions, it was still a “massive shock” to discover that her dad, Chris Smith, had Alzheimer’s in December 2018.

Morag Smith held a popular outdoor car boot sale at the Toll Clock shopping centre on Sunday 9th August.
Morag Smith held a popular outdoor car boot sale at the Toll Clock shopping centre on Sunday 9th August.

“My dad who fixed my bike, my dad who painted my bedroom many shades of pink when I couldn’t decide on the colour, my dad who taught me how to fix a blown fuse over the phone my dad who always cheered the loudest was going to slowly slip away from me,” she said.

She added that she had always known that she would “never want to run a marathon”, referring to it as “26.2 miles of torture”.

But Ms Smith said that if it meant a cure for Alzheimer’s was discovered faster, another family was supported the diagnosis, or the care for people living with dementia was improved then “everyone of those 26.2 miles will be worth it”.

She has already raised more than £1,750 towards her overall £4,000 fundraising target. Those that want to donate towards her appeal can do so by following this link: 


Add Your Comment

Add Your Comment

Please note, it is the policy of The Shetland Times to publish comments and letters from named individuals only. Both forename and surname are required.

Comments are moderated. Contributors must observe normal standards of decency and tolerance for the opinions of others.

The views expressed are those of contributors and not of The Shetland Times.

The Shetland Times reserves the right to decline or remove any contribution without notice or stating reason.

Comments are limited to 200 words but please email longer articles or letters to for consideration and include a daytime telephone number and your address. If emailing information in confidence please put "Not for publication" in both the subject line and at the top of the main message.

200 words left

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


Get Latest News in Your Inbox

Join the The Shetland Times mailing list to get one daily email update at midday on what's happening in Shetland.