Hospital workers Chris and Terrie Drummond are running the Virgin Money London Marathon to raise more than £2,000 for Alzheimer’s Research UK, the UK’s leading dementia research charity.
In 2013 Chris, 52, became an official Champion of Alzheimer’s Research UK for all his efforts in raising vital funds and awareness for the charity’s pioneering work.
His wife Terrie, 48, became a Champion in 2015 when the pair ran last year’s London Marathon together in aid of the charity.
This year they are hoping to smash their target of £2,169.03 – the specific amount will take the couple’s total amount raised for Alzheimer’s Research UK over the £15,000 mark.
Chris and Terrie, who live in Milton, Cambridgeshire, both work at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge where Chris works for Bereavement Care Services and Terrie is a nurse.
They began supporting the charity after Chris’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 – his Auntie Cis, Dot’s sister, died with dementia just last year in her 90s.
Chris, who has already completed the London Marathon six times, said:
“Mum 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.
“I first realised something was wrong was when she couldn’t remember how to make her special cauliflower cheese.
“She 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.
“She would also get angry at the smallest of things, it was very distressing and frustrating.
“Although it’s too late for my dear mum and auntie, future generations will benefit from the efforts of everybody at Alzheimer’s Research UK.”
“I’m really thrilled to be able to run the marathon this year for Alzheimer’s Research UK.”
Jessica Hiscocks, Regional Fundraising Officer at Alzheimer’s Research UK, the UK’s leading dementia research charity, said:
“Chris and Terrie are incredible supporters of Alzheimer’s Research UK and we will be cheering them on all the way in this year’s marathon.
“Over the years they have worked tirelessly both in their fundraising and to raise awareness of the urgent need for more investment into research for Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.
“There are 850,000 people across the UK living with dementia, including more than 8,000 people in Cambridgeshire.
“Only research has the power to defeat dementia.”
To donate go to www.virginmoneygiving.com/ChrisDrummond
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