A MAN from Thurrock is set to host a Father and Son rugby match in order to raise awareness of Alzheimers and Dementia.
Ben Northfield said:
“I recently lost my Grandad and Nan in the space of only eight months to Alzheimers and Dementia, My Nan had Alzheimers for nine years. For six of those years, my Grandad was my Nans carer in their own home, but two years ago my Grandad was then diagnosed with dementia and had to go into care.
We then fought as a family to get my Nan and Grandad together in the same home in Brentwood, this is where they lived out the remaining of their time happy and together like they would have wanted.
As horrible as it is to say it is a relief that they are no longer suffering. They are now in a place together happy again.
“The reason I am running this event for the second year running is to make people aware that this illness is horrible, and that looking into the eyes of someone you love and cherish so much and then not having a clue who you are is really upsetting.
Last year, we raised a massive £1,500 for the Alzheimers Society and it was amazing, we had 40 fathers and sons taking part and 600+ supporters.
“This year, we are going for double that!! So please get behind the event whether you come on the night or you donate to this page I would appreciate it so much.”