Chris Drummond from Milton aims to raise Â£2,000 to boost funds for Great Abington-based charity Alzheimerâ€™s Research UK, when he takes part in the Virgin London Marathon on 21 April. Running among a crowd of over 37,500 people, Chris will pound the capitalâ€™s streets alongside fun runners, amateur athletes, elite sportsmen and women as well as a host of celebrities. He is determined to complete the gruelling 26.2 mile course in memory of his mum Dot who died with Alzheimerâ€™s disease seven years ago, aged 84.
Chris, 49, who works for Bereavement Care Services at Addenbrookeâ€™s Hospital, explained his motivation for running the marathon and supporting Alzheimerâ€™s Research UK:
â€œWhen my dear mum was diagnosed with Alzheimerâ€™s I was shocked to learn there was very little that could be done to help her. I had no idea that research to find new treatments is so underfunded. Running the London marathon gives me an opportunity to do my bit and raise money for the experts, Alzheimerâ€™s Research UK.
â€œMum worked hard all her life and didnâ€™t retire from her job as an accounts clerk until she was 70. She was diagnosed with Alzheimerâ€™s a year before she passed away but it had been creeping on for some time. I first realised something was wrong was when she couldnâ€™t remember how to make her special cauliflower cheese. Then I noticed other things – she forgot how to change TV channels and how to answer the phone. She deteriorated quickly, losing her dress sense, preferring to sleep in the armchair all night, fully clothed, rather than go to bed. It was very distressing and frustrating.
â€œThis will be my fifth London Marathon. Each year I say itâ€™s going to be my last but Iâ€™ve decided to carry on while I can in memory of Mum â€“ sheâ€™s my inspiration. Training has been tough with the snow and icy conditions but Iâ€™m determined to do everything I can to help Alzheimerâ€™s Research UK defeat this devastating disease.â€
Parminder Summon, Community Fundraising Manager for Alzheimerâ€™s Research UK, said:
â€œChris is incredibly supportive of our work at Alzheimerâ€™s Research UK. We canâ€™t thank him enough for taking on this exhausting challenge again to support our world-class research. We wish him every success.
â€œLast year our Virgin London Marathon runners raised an amazing Â£150,000 – enough to pay for five pioneering dementia research projects. Every Â£20 raised by Chris will pay for another vital hour of research, bringing us closer to finding ways to diagnose, prevent, treat and cure Alzheimerâ€™s disease and other forms of dementia.
â€œThere are 820,000 people in the UK living with dementia today, including over 6,000 people in Cambridgeshire alone. Surrounding those people is a network of family members and carers profoundly affected by the condition. Dementia poses one of the greatest threats to public health now and in the future but funding for research still lags far behind other serious diseases. We rely on our wonderful supporters like Chris to help us progress our pioneering research.â€
To help Chris raise funds for Alzheimerâ€™s Research UKâ€™s crucial dementia research, donate online at virginmoneygiving.com/ChrisDrummond. To find out more about fundraising for the charity contactÂ firstname.lastname@example.orgÂ or call 0300 111 5 777.
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