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Ben completes London Marathon fund-raiser

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Ben Parker, who was running Sunday’s London Marathon to raise money for Alzheimer’s Research, completed the race in 4 hours 40 minutes.

Ben (27) had been hoping to break the four-hour barrier, but Sunday’s hot weather was a problem for many runners, including Ben.

The London Marathon run was the culmination of a fund-raising campaign by the Hurn family of The Maltings, which aimed to raise £6,000. That target has been surpassed, with around £6,700 in the bank so far.

The campaign is in memory of Elizabeth Hurn’s mother and father, who both suffered from Alzheimer’s. Ben is the boyfriend of her daughter Alice and both women were in London on Sunday, along with Elizabeth’s son, Bradley, to see the race and support Ben.

“We had an absolutely fantastic day, the atmosphere was great,” said Elizabeth.

“We saw Ben at mile 14 and he was fine, smiling and going well at about target speed; we then saw him again at mile 21 and he look a bit tired and extremely hot.

“The organisers had installed showers around the course, which he’d used and he then walked for a short distance. We tried to get to mile 23/24 but had to queue for 30 minutes to get into the station so we went straight to Horse Guards Parade and met him there. He looked exhausted.”

Elizabeth says Ben’s efforts have placed him fifth out of 308 runners raising money for the Alzheimer’s charity, with more money still to come in.

“I still can’t believe people’s generosity,” she said.

Ben had wanted to run the London Marathon for some time and when his entry was accepted for this year’s race, he was clear he wanted to run in memory of Elizabeth’s parents and to raise money to help people who will suffer from Alzheimer’s in future.

“Experiencing the immense difficulty and sadness the family had to go through because of Alzheimer’s was heart-breaking,” he said. “Alzheimer’s leads to the death of nerve cells and the loss of brain tissue. I was not aware that one in six people over the age of 80 develop this disease, yet there is still no comprehensive understanding of the connection with genetic inheritance and no definitive way of completely removing your chances of diagnosis.”

If anyone wants to support the Hurn family’s fund-raising, you can give online at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ben26.

 

Family raising cash for to fight Alzheimer’s Disease

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A Thorney family has set itself a target to raise £6,000 for Alzheimer’s Research.

Elizabeth Hurn of the Maltings saw both her father and mother die as a result of the disease, so when her daughter’s boyfriend secured a place in the London Marathon, the family decided they would make his run the centre of a fund-raising effort.

As the Thorney Post went to press, they had already raised over £3,500 through a quiz night, cake sales and race sponsorship.

“Alzheimer’s is a very cruel illness,” said Elizabeth. “It affects every aspect of the victim, weakening their body and destroying their mind and personality. I’m an only child and mum and I were very close. For a mother to no longer be able to recognise her daughter is terribly hurtful.”

Elizabeth’s father Eric Stacey had shown some symptoms of Alzheimer’s, but following a fairly routine knee operation, the condition developed quickly and he died soon afterwards, aged 75. Her mother, Pam, was affected differently by the disease. The symptoms came on more gradually, with increasing forgetfulness and then confusion.

One day, she travelled from her home in Orchard Court to see her sister in Peterborough, but instead of getting the bus back to Thorney, she got on a coach to London and ended up at Victoria bus station.

“That scared us so much,” said Elizabeth. “A woman tried to help her, but all she could remember was the number of a neighbour in Whittlesey from years before.

“Thankfully, the neighbour called me and I was able to arrange for my brother-in-law, who works in London, to pick her up.”

Pam died last year, aged 82.

The choice of Alzheimer’s Research for a fund-raising effort was down to Ben Parker, boyfriend of Elizabeth’s daughter Alice.

Ben has wanted to run the London Marathon for some time and when his entry was accepted for this year’s race, he was clear he wanted to run in memory of Pam and to raise money to help people who will suffer from Alzheimer’s in future.

“Experiencing the immense difficulty and sadness the family had to go through because of Alzheimer’s was heart-breaking,” he said. “Alzheimer’s leads to the death of nerve cells and the loss of brain tissue. I was not aware that one in six people over the age of 80 develop this disease, yet there is still no comprehensive understanding of the connection with genetic inheritance and no definitive way of completely removing your chances of diagnosis.”

A quiz night at the Bedford Hall in February was sold out and raised £1,400.

“I can’t thank people enough for their support. It was fantastic,” said Elizabeth. Husband Paul was helping on the night and he said he was surprised by how many people approached him to say they had relatives who had suffered in the same way, either through Alzheimer’s or dementia. “It really is a massive problem,” he said.

Ben (27) is currently training hard for the big day on April 22. This will be his first marathon and he’s hoping for a sub four-hour time.

If anyone wants to support the Hurn family’s fund-raising, you can give online at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ben26.

 

Charity quiz night for Alzheimer’s

Quiz night

A charity quiz night is being held at the Bedford Hall on Saturday, February 17 in aid of Alzheimer’s Research UK.

It is being organised by the Hurn family as part of a fund-raising campaign this year which will also include having a runner in the London Marathon.

The campaign was prompted by the experience of Lizzie Hurn, whose mother Pamela suffered from Alzheimer’s.

The quiz night starts at 6.30pm and will include a light dinner and is £6 per person with teams of between five and eight people. If you can’t raise a full team, don’t worry, you can be allocated to a team that’s short.

Bring your own drinks and glasses.

For tickets or more information call Ben Parker on 270217 or e-mail: benparkeraruk@outlook.co.uk

Thorney Post gives £550 to help village groups

The Thorney Post has donated £550 to local groups and charities.

The money is profits from publishing the Thorney Post magazine. Biggest recipient was the Thorney Youth Project which is raising money to buy play equipment for older children. They received £250. Thorney Scouts got £100, Guides £100 and £50 each to NGNPUK (a charity buying syringe drivers to help people in palliative care) and Louise Cade, who is raising money for Magpas Air Ambulance in memory of her sister Sally.

Editor, Eric Rayner, said: “For the past few editions, we’ve been able to make a small profit once our costs are covered and we wanted to put this back into the community.

“The Thorney Post is produced and distributed entirely by volunteers and our main cost is printing. We’ve saved money on printing and the new colour format has helped attract additional advertising.

“I’d like to thank all our advertisers and I’d urge people in the village to support their businesses. I hope that we will be able to make further donations in the future.”