THE PAIN of seeing a loved one’s life significantly change for the worse because of Alzheimers has prompted a heartbroken resident to go on a fund-raising mission for charity.
Hannah Malins is organising a special family fun day this weekend in her and her family’s bid to raise £10,000 to help other people suffering from the life-changing disease and their families after her granddad Freddy Brown was diagnosed seven years ago.
The fun-filled event will be held in Ferndown Woodlands in Rous Lench near Evesham on Saturday (July 26) between 11am and 4pm which aims to boost two charities – The Alzheimers Society and the Newhaven ward at the Princess of Wales Hospital in Bromsgrove – where Freddy is currently being looked after.
The event will include something for everyone with many games being held and a woodland tour for children and parents.
Hannah and her family want to raise £5,000 for both causes and have already raised more than £4,700 by holding events such as coffee mornings and cycle challenges as well as receiving generous online donations.
Support has also rallied through for the event with raffle prizes including a signed shirt from England rugby union star Manu Tuilagi.
Speaking to the Observer Hannah said she was determined as ever to raise the target total after seeing her granddad suffer the way he has been.
“Freddy is practically my dad, he’s been there for me nearly all my life.” she said.
“His condition has suddenly changed to the point where he is now no longer be able to live at home. The emotional side of seeing someone you love not themselves is terrible.
“We would love to raise as much as we can for the society as we’re now becoming to understand this horrid disease and how much the money raised can help and support patients, family and friends.
“We would also like to donate some money to the Clent ward at new Haven Unit at the Princess of Wales Hospital in Bromsgrove to help with occupying and helping patients who are suffering with this disease.
“The money will help them occupy them a year’s supply of newspapers, puzzles, books, DVDs, biscuits and paper and pens.
“Not a lot of people know about Alzheimers which is surprising as 1 in 3 people can get it. The disease is getting worse and affecting more and more people.
“The more people that come along the better, I’ve got my fingers crossed the weather will be good.”
Visit www.justgiving.com/freddybrown or www.justgiving.com/claire-winch for more information or to make a donation.