After a three year long battle with vascular dementia, my amazing grandmother Enid Turner sadly passed away in July 2019 having celebrated her 93rd birthday a few months earlier. Despite suffering numerous strokes and heart attacks she continued to live a very full life focused on friends and family – she was not only a wife and mother to four children and a grandmother to myself and five other grandchildren, she was also a great grandmother to the latest addition to her much loved and growing brood.
The ravages of dementia began to take their toll with regular falls and broken bones. She struggled with her failing memory and increasing feelings of confusion, vulnerability and paranoia. But whenever I spent time with her and asked how she was, her reply was always ‘Mustn’t grumble’. She demonstrated such strength, resilience and dignity in the face of all life’s challenges and I’m immensely proud of her and her approach to adversity. It’s for this reason that I have chosen to take on my own challenge and run the London Marathon on behalf of Alzheimer’s Research UK in her memory and in support of others who suffer with Alzheimer’s/dementia and the friends and families who in turn support them. Dementia destroys not only the life of the individual sufferer but puts huge strain on the lives of their carers.
In order to maximise my fund raising efforts I have also pledged to stop drinking alcohol for 6 months. As anyone who knows me this is a big commitment on my part! So if you think my commitment to run 26.2 miles next April is worthy of some of your money then hopefully my six month abstinence will help you dig even deeper and donate as much as you can…. Thank you for your generosity on behalf of Alzheimer’s Research UK. It will make a huge difference in helping to find a cure for this horrible and life changing disease.
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Stu Andrews x