Hospital workers Chris and Terrie Drummond are running the Virgin Money London Marathon to raise more than Â£2,000 for Alzheimerâ€™s Research UK, the UKâ€™s leading dementia research charity.
In 2013 Chris, 52, became an official Champion of Alzheimerâ€™s Research UK for all his efforts in raising vital funds and awareness for the charityâ€™s pioneering work.
His wife Terrie, 48, became a Champion in 2015 when the pair ran last yearâ€™s London Marathon together in aid of the charity.
This year they are hoping to smash their target of Â£2,169.03 â€“ the specific amount will take the coupleâ€™s total amount raised for Alzheimerâ€™s Research UK over the Â£15,000 mark.
Chris and Terrie, who live in Milton, Cambridgeshire, both work at Addenbrookeâ€™s Hospital in Cambridge where Chris works for Bereavement Care Services and Terrie is a nurse.
They began supporting the charity after Chrisâ€™s mum Dot died with dementia in 2006 at the age of 84.
Dot, who worked as an accounts clerk, was diagnosed only a year before she died though the symptoms of dementia had been creeping on for a while.
For Chris the heartbreak has continued â€“ his Auntie Cis, Dotâ€™s sister, died with dementia just last year in her 90s.
Chris, who has already completed the London Marathon six times, said:
â€œMum worked as an accounts clerk until she was 72. My dad passed away when I was 17, so it was just me and mum until I moved out just before I got married, nearly 15 year later, so we were very close.
â€œI first realised something was wrong was when she couldnâ€™t remember how to make her special cauliflower cheese.
â€œShe deteriorated very quickly during her last year. She was always immaculately dressed but totally lost her dress sense, preferring to sleep in the armchair all night, fully clothed, rather than go to bed.
â€œShe would also get angry at the smallest of things, it was very distressing and frustrating.
â€œAlthough itâ€™s too late for my dear mum and auntie, future generations will benefit from the efforts of everybody at Alzheimerâ€™s Research UK.â€
â€œIâ€™m really thrilled to be able to run the marathon this year for Alzheimerâ€™s Research UK.â€
Jessica Hiscocks, Regional Fundraising Officer at Alzheimerâ€™s Research UK, the UKâ€™s leading dementia research charity, said:
â€œChris and Terrie are incredible supporters of Alzheimerâ€™s Research UK and we will be cheering them on all the way in this yearâ€™s marathon.
â€œOver the years they have worked tirelessly both in their fundraising and to raise awareness of the urgent need for more investment into research for Alzheimerâ€™s disease and other forms of dementia.
â€œThere are 850,000 people across the UK living with dementia, including more than 8,000 people in Cambridgeshire.
â€œOnly research has the power to defeat dementia.â€
To donate go to www.virginmoneygiving.com/ChrisDrummond
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