A PENARTH Times reporter is tackling the Cardiff Half Marathon this October as part of our Dementia Friendly Penarth campaign.

Alice Rose, of Newport, will take to the streets to run 13.1 miles for charity Dementia UK - a charity which provides Admiral nurses for families affected by the disease.

The 25-year-old decided to take on the half, which will be her first race, to raise £200 for the charity after her own grandmother was said to have dementia but was never fully diagnosed.

Miss Rose said: "I've always wanted to do something to raise awareness and money for various dementia charities and thought the Cardiff Half would be a good idea.

"I'm excited but also sort of dreading it as well as I have never done anything like this before. I thought it would be a great opportunity to link it with our Dementia Friendly Penarth campaign."

The Dementia Friendly Penarth Campaign first launched in May this year and is a partnership between the Penarth Times and the Penarth Dementia Friendly Steering Group.

The campaign aims to make every shop, cafe, restaurant, business and every other venue ‘dementia friendly’. It also aims to raise awareness of what dementia is and how people can make a difference.

Miss Rose said she chose to raise money for Dementia UK as she had not heard of the charity before and wanted to highlight the work they do.

"I think it's great that the charity have specified nurses for those with dementia," she said. "I want to help raise money so there can be more support and training available for them."

Miss Rose will hold several fundraising events ahead of the half marathon and aims to raise £200 for Dementia UK.

To donate, visit her JustGiving page - justgiving.com/fundraising/alice-rose-penarthtimes