Ex-PC Paul tack­les heights for good cause

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ARETIRED po­lice of­fi­cer from Maghull is aim­ing high in a bid to raise money for the Alzheimer’s So­ci­ety by climb­ing Mount Kil­i­man­jaro.

Paul Cas­son, whose mum, Cathy Byrne, died of the disease three years ago, at the age 75, held a cake sale out­side Spec­savers in Maghull and raised an im­pres­sive £350.

His next event is a Bonkers Bingo night at St El­iz­a­beth’s So­cial Club, in Lither­land, on June 29.

Sefton Cen­tral MP Bill Ester­son, who went along to the cake sale to show his sup­port for the cause, said: “Well done to Paul for his fundrais­ing ef­forts.

“The Alzheimer’s So­ci­ety is a great cause.

“Spec­savers have been bril­liant to Paul, let­ting him sell cakes at the shop and do­nat­ing a prize for the bingo night.

“Other lo­cal shops to help have been Sig­na­ture Cards and Gifts, Hart­leys Gar­den Cen­tre, Costa Cof­fee Maghull, Ry­att Menswear, Boo­tle and North Swim­ming Club, The Fat Ital­ian Orm­skirk, Home In­stead Maghul, Mor­risons Maghull and Orm­skirk, Odeon Switch Is­land, Fun Fac­tory, Maplins, and nu­mer­ous lo­cal peo­ple prizes.”

Paul, who lives in Maghull with his wife, He­len, and chil­dren Shaun and Emma-Jane, said he wanted to raise aware­ness of the disease as well as money for re­search.

He said: “My mum died of de­men­tia, a disease that I didn’t think could kill.

“Un­be­known to me, the disease not only takes peo­ple’s mem­ory but also closes their body down.

“My mum knew who we all were, but her body wasn’t work­ing.

“Along with have do­nated mo­bil­ity prob­lems, she ended up in a wheel­chair.

“Even­tu­ally, she just fell asleep and did not wake up.

“To date, there is no cure for de­men­tia.

“Ev­ery­one who reads this will know some­one who is af­fected by this hor­ri­ble disease.”

Paul, 55, says he has al­ways wanted to take on the challenge of climb­ing Mount Kil­i­man­jaro, which will take place from Septem­ber 21.

The trek is over six days and the climb is over 19,000 feet.

“It was the first choice,” said Paul. “It’s one of the world’s high­est peaks and the high­est in Africa.

“I or­gan­ised the cake day af­ter Spec­savers, in Maghull, vol­un­teered to hold a day to fundraise for me. They have al­ready do­nated a de­signer pair of glasses for a char­ity bingo night that is ar­ranged on June 29.

“Friends and fam­ily baked the cakes and we raised £350 on the day.

“My main fundraiser is the Bonkers Bingo, on June 29. It is a bingo and a DJ. Lots of mu­sic and dancing.

“Lots of lo­cal busi­nesses have sup­plied the prizes for the events in­clud­ing days out to Knowsley Sa­fari Park, Black­pool Sand­cas­tle and Plea­sure Beach, Farmer Teds’ and Blue Planet Aquar­ium.

“Thank you to Spec­savers for host­ing the cake sale and do­nat­ing de­signer glasses for the bingo night.”

To sup­port Paul or do­nate a prize for Bonkers Bingo, please email cas­son­paul@hot­mail.co.uk or call 07411 418 459.

Paul Cas­son pic­tured out­side Spec­savers, Maghull, with his wife, He­len and Bill Ester­son dur­ing the cake sale

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