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Pentney man to walk 500 miles for Dementia UK

Mark Anthony Johnson Payne recently lost his granddad on father's day through multiple illness, and one of them was dementia.

To honour his grandfather, Edward Osbourne, he will be walking 500 miles throughout August.

To achieve his goal it means he will be walking for up to three hours and will need to cover 16 miles per day to stay on target.

Mark Anthony Johnson Payne walks in memory of his Grandfather for Dementia UK (49635983)
Mark Anthony Johnson Payne walks in memory of his Grandfather for Dementia UK (49635983)

To stay close to his home as he is a carer for his wife, Mark will be walking laps up and down his street and nearby roads in the village. He said :"I have been doing a bit of walking each day to get used to it but it is a big shock when you realise how far you've got to walk. I've had no major training."

Dementia UK provides specialist dementia support for families when things get challenging. Nurses work alongside families, giving them the support and practical solutions they need to face dementia with more confidence.

When asked what the challenge meant to him he said: "Although I was close to my grandad I never really told him how I felt and in the last few days of his life I wasn't able to be there for him. So in honour of my grandad I am raising money for Dementia UK.A wonderful team of people who need our help to raise money for all the work and care they provide to thousands of men and women suffering from this terrible disease."

Fundraising has started and further information is on Just Giving where sponsorship and encouragement is being given.

One supporter Allan Whale said:"It's not going to be easy but I know you can do it!"

Sponsors Rachel and Ethan said: "Keep up the amazing work hun. Here on your side xxxx"


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