Fam­ily and friends walk the talk

Canning Times - - NEWS - Ben Smith

FOR eight years, Phyl and Alf Ferni­hough ded­i­cated their lives to help­ing oth­ers as Sal­va­tion Army vol­un­teers.

The pair led a team of 200 vol­un­teers who pro­vided hot meals and re­fresh­ments to po­lice of­fi­cers and emer­gency ser­vice work­ers dur­ing ma­jor crime in­ci­dents such as mur­der in­ves­ti­ga­tions, miss­ing per­sons cases and bush­fires.

Now, they are about to get a help­ing hand of their own.

Phyl was di­ag­nosed with Alzheimer’s dis­ease four years ago and on No­vem­ber 4, the Fern­dale res­i­dent will take part in the Alzheimer’s WA’s Walk to Re­mem­ber fundraiser with fam­ily and friends.

Mr Ferni­hough said his wife al­ways aimed to help oth­ers and it was heart­warm­ing to know the favour was be­ing re­turned.

“She cer­tainly needs the sup­port now,” he said. “She can’t re­spond, but deep down, I know she re­alises it and ap­pre­ci­ates it.”

Their son Ross Ferni­hough said the last few years had been tough on the fam­ily, but echoed his fa­ther’s sen­ti­ments.

“Dad and my sis­ter re­main the main care­givers; mum is in a nurs­ing home and dad spends three to four hours every day with her,” he said.

“It’s a bit of a strug­gle, but we get through.

“It’s good to know we’ve got the sup­port of the peo­ple, all of a sud­den she needs them and it’s good to know they’re here to help.”

He said De­men­tia Aware­ness Month, which runs through Septem­ber, was an im­por­tant time to talk about Alzheimer’s and Alzheimer’s WA had been sup­port­ive in help­ing his fam­ily come to grips with the re­al­i­ties of the dis­ease.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d486535

Alf and Phyl Ferni­hough with son Ross will take part in the Walk To Re­mem­ber to raise funds for Alzheimer’s WA.

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