Marathon effort for Alzheimers

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A Donside woman is dusting off her trainers to compete in her fourth London Marathon, this time with her teenage daughter at her side.

Susan Brown, who lives in Alford, will be running the 26.2 mile race on April 26 in aid of Alzheimer Scotland.

For the first time, Susan, who works at Technip UK in Westhill, will be joined be daughter Paige, a 6th year pupil at Alford Academy.

Susan said: “We have had a personal experience of dementia and alzheimer’s in our family and have watched our parents go from being independent individuals with a story to tell to shells of their former selves.

“The stress this causes for all those involved is very hard and without support it could be overwhelming.

“We hope to raise funds to assist the charity provide support for everyone touched by dementia and Alzheimer’s, especially those who do not have a familly network to assist.”

As this will be Paige’s first marathon, the Donside duo are just aiming to finish the challenge and enjoy it, although they would be pleased if they could cover the distance in 4.5 hours.

In the past Susan has taken on the running challenge for charity SANDS (The Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society).

She said: “We have been really amazed by how generous everyone has been to date but still wish to continue to raise as much as we can and raise awareness.”

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