Cath’s honoured to be a charity champion
A MOTHER-of-two has been made a champion of Alzheimer’s Research UK after raising more than £40,000 for the charity.
Cath Baxter decided to support the charity after her mum, Liz Brown, was diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia, which can affect personality and behaviour as well as memory, in 2012.
“Fundraising for Alzheimer’s Research UK gave me something positive to do in the face of my mum’s condition,” said Cath.
“I am really pleased and proud to have been chosen to be an Alzheimer’s Research UK champion. It is great to have this endorsement and I hope I can continue to raise awareness of dementia and funds for research.”
The 45-year-old, who lives near St Andrews, raised more than £40,000 by organising an event in 2015 called Bike for Brains.
Along with a group of friends, Cath cycled the length of the country from Land’s End to John o’ Groats in 10 days.
Liz passed away shortly after the New Year at the age of 76.
She had latterly been moved to a care home when her dementia caused out-of-character behaviour and she started to become aggressive.
Cath said: “When I confronted my mum about her memory, she was most affronted. We finally persuaded her to have tests and her condition was confirmed, but she totally denied her dementia. She never admitted that she had it.
“Her constant denial made it near impossible for anyone to help her or look after her.”
Cath’s next fundraising endeavour is Sing for Brains, a come-and-sing performance of Handel’s Messiah in Edinburgh on April 22.
Left: John with a picture of himself in action. Centre: The speedway star on his bike. Right: John with his niece, Emily. Main: Wearing his speedway bib at Priory Court.