A tireless fundraiser who went from novice to marathon runner to raise thousands-of-pounds for dementia research has been made a Champion of Alzheimer’s Research UK.

Caroline Savage, from Georgeham, has been recognised for her support for the charity since she first took on a running challenge in 2016.

Having never run before, Caroline completed her first marathon this year hand has raised more than £9,000 for life-changing dementia research.

The 51-year-old was inspired to support Alzheimer’s Research UK because she works with people with dementia in her job as a community carer.

Caroline took part in the charity’s inaugural Running Down Dementia challenge in 2016, running more than 500km and raising some £2,000.

Caroline Savage has been named a Champion of Alzheimer's Research UK for her fundraising. Picture: ContributedCaroline Savage has been named a Champion of Alzheimer's Research UK for her fundraising. Picture: Contributed

The following year she completed her own ‘Fit at 50’ challenge to run 1,000 miles, which included several 10km races and her first half-marathon, the Great North Run. She raised more than £4,000.

This year Caroline ran the Virgin Money London Marathon as well as completing other challenges, including facing one of her fears by taking on a sky dive, raising more than £3,000 to help the charity’s research efforts.

As part of her fundraising she has given talks in her local community about dementia and dementia research, helping to spread the word about the impact of the condition and the desperate need for more research funding.

Caroline said she was ‘thrilled’ to be recognised.

Caroline Savage has been named a Champion of Alzheimer's Research UK for her fundraising. Picture: ContributedCaroline Savage has been named a Champion of Alzheimer's Research UK for her fundraising. Picture: Contributed

She said: “I am committed to this charity as I see first-hand in my work the awful effect dementia has on people.

“Now I am an Alzheimer’s Research UK Champion how can I possibly stop? I am in it for the long haul and hope that a cure will be found in the near future.”

Caroline joins a group of around 50 people who have been made Champions in recent years.

Hilary Evans, Chief Executive of Alzheimer’s Research UK, said: “Caroline has been a tireless supporter of Alzheimer’s Research UK with the money she’s raised, the kilometres she’s run and her efforts in promoting the charity and raising awareness of dementia.”

To take on sporting challenge for Alzheimer’s Research UK go to www.alzheimersresearchuk.org/support-us/fundraise/events