Cath’s hon­oured to be a char­ity cham­pion

Evening Telegraph (First Edition) - - Court Reports -

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.

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