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Kidderminster woman running for gran
6:50am Saturday 19th October 2013 in Local
A KIDDERMINSTER woman will be tackling the Great Birmingham Run to give back to the charity that helped her dementia-suffering grandmother.
Emma Yates will be running tomorrow to raise cash to help fight the common condition, which affects the brain, after it shattered her family.
The 27-year-old’s grandmother suffered a stroke three years ago which led to the onset of dementia and she will be running for the Alzheimer’s Society to thank the charity for its support.
She said: “My grandma has been the centre of my life and to me was indestructible. She would garden all day long.
“We would walk over a mile to town. Her memory was amazing – she was so sharp witted.
“My grandma was pretty much fluent in Spanish and enjoyed going on holidays. She took charge of the house – she cooked, cleaned and shopped.
“Now she doesn’t remember what happened two minutes ago and is not sure of the orders of processes such as cooking.
“This has been very difficult for all of us, especially my granddad and my mum. My granddad has had to learn new skills as well as refreshing skills he hasn’t needed for a while.”
She added: “My grandparents are so very dear to me and this is why I am so grateful to Alzheimer’s Society. They attend the dementia cafe, organised outings and events.”
“My grandfather has attended courses to understand more about dementia and most importantly they have both made great new friends and have been supported by the staff and volunteers from Alzheimer’s Society.”
Ms Yates hopes to raise £1,500 for the Alzheimer’s charity and people can sponsor her at justgiving.com/Emma- YatesBHM-AUK or by texting ALZE95 £2 to 70070.
Emily Weighill, the charity’s community fund-raiser for the West Midlands, said: “We are delighted that Emma is giving her time to support Alzheimer’s Society.
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