West Norfolk mother-and-daughter complete run for dementia

Stephanie Clark, left, with daughter Hannah Chown who completed a charity run for Alzheimer's Research UK ANL-160817-140059001
Stephanie Clark, left, with daughter Hannah Chown who completed a charity run for Alzheimer's Research UK ANL-160817-140059001

Stephanie Clark, 54, and her 24-year-old daughter Hannah Chown raised more than £800 for Alzheimer’s Research UK after teaming up for Running Down Dementia.

Five years ago Stephanie’s 80-year-old mum was diagnosed with mixed dementia, a combination of vascular dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Stephanie, who lives in Wiggenhall St Germans, said: “My mum was a fantastic mum and a lovely grandmother. She did lots of things in her life including furniture upholstery, dog showing, working in care homes and in her later years volunteered with Save The Children.

“Her symptoms started a while before her diagnosis and it’s been incredibly hard to watch her decline. My mum and dad have been married for 60 years and he was looking after her at their home nearby in Pott Row.

“She is now in a specialist hospital that is assessing her needs. Dad knows it is for the best but he misses her terribly. She no longer recognises anybody unfortunately but we visit her often.”

Following their Running Down Dementia challenge, they have now said they will match how many kilometres they run with how much they raise – now at £775, they are looking at nearly 400 kilometres each.

Hannah, who works as a primary school teacher, said: “I think we’re up to the challenge. We have separate fundraising pages but it’s very much something we are doing together for my grandma.

“Dementia is taking her away from us bit by bit which is horrible to watch. I think she’d be really proud of both of us.”

Running Down Dementia a fundraising campaign by Alzheimer’s Research UK’s which encourages participants to run 100 kilometres and raise £100 while competing on virtual leaderboards.

To donate, go to www.running-down-dementia.everydayhero.com/uk/stephanie-12 and www.running-down-dementia.everydayhero.com/uk/hannah-9.