Saturday, 28 August 2010

A reminder of why we are doing this - part deux - testimonials

So far we have heard from Gary Oldacre and some of his reasons for wanting to raise awareness and raise the much needed funds to for the Alzheimer's Society. This is so that they can continue to spread the word and look to the future for a cure at best but to also maintain sustainable care for families and suffers of this wicked disease! Below are a couple of testimonials from friends and family as to why this work and fund raising is close to their hearts...

Gillian Cardall - Gary's aunty:

"I'm taking part in the BUPA Great North Run 2010 on 19/09/2010 to raise money for Alzheimer's Society and I'd really appreciate your support.

As you may or may not be aware, Alzheimer's is a subject very close to my heart. I’ve already lost my beloved mother Marie, my Aunt Edna, my Uncle George and my Grand-mother with Alzheimer's and now my eldest sister, Ann, has unbelievably also development this horrendous disease at the tender age of 58! She is now, wheelchair bound, cannot speak and is doubly incontinent. As you can imagine it’s a scary prospect for the rest of the family. After witnessing first-hand the heartbreak and stress Alzheimer's causes families, I would like to raise as much money as possible to enable research to continue until a cure can be found. All donations, no matter how big or small will be most welcome. I am also holding a Disco/Kareoke night, so hopefully we can raise funds and give people a night to REMEMBER!

It's easy to donate online with a credit or debit card - just go to my JustGiving page."

Andrea Brazier - Gary's Sister:

"At 58 my mum was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's. Today, three years later, she does not walk or talk.
She still has a beautiful smile though!!

The support the Alzheimer’s society have given our family has been fantastic and their help invaluable.
On September 5th I am going to be doing the Great North Swim to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society. The swim is 1 mile in the very big, very deep and very dark (and very full of scary things that touch your face when you are swimming) Lake Windermere. I'm a little bit scared!

If you’d like to sponsor me to help raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society that would be great A Big Massive thank you.

It's easy to donate online with a credit or debit card even the girls in the office have managed to do so - just go to my JustGiving page."

Julia Cherrett - DCCS Veolia Waters Head Honcho:

"I don't normally ask for sponsorship, but this is such a good cause.

Some of the IT team at work and I (and Louise Jones - the only other girl at work who has the guts to take on this elite team of athletes) are doing a sponsored cycle run for the Alzheimer's Society in Wales. A member of the team, Gary Oldacre's mum got Alzheimer's at a very early age, having just moved to Span to retire. She is now back in Wales and Gary has become very involved with the Alzheimer's Society here.

Gary is also our lead trade union rep and he and I work closely together but often on opposite sides of the table - so obviously I'll be trying my best to beat Gary's time on the day, though no doubt he will use his ultimate sanction of calling a work to rule by his ITM colleagues or some such nonsense!

Please visit and donate at our JustGiving page. Thanks!"

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