Susie Hewer

Charity

Alzheimer's Research UK
Alzheimer's Research UK is the UK's leading dementia research charity. As research experts, we specialise in funding world-class, pioneering research at leading universities to find preventions, treatments and a cure for dementia. We believe science and innovation hold the key to defeating dementia and invest in the scientists learning more about the condition and its causes. Our findings improve the lives of everyone affected by dementia now and in the future. We forge partnerships with Government and other key organisations to make dementia research a national priority. We encourage everyone to join us in supporting research and achieving a world free from dementia.


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Susie Hewer

My page: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/extremeknittingredhead

Hi, thanks for visiting my page where I am again raising funds for Alzheimer's Research UK.

Although I've now completed 20 marathons, in 2011 I shall be doing something quite alien to a slow runner - I shall be trying for a pb (personal best) time in the last of my 4 marathons in October.  This will involve lots of speedwork training and much huffing and puffing on my part!

The marathons I'll be running are:

* Brighton Marathon on 10th April.  There I should get a feel for how my training is going (It was way too hot for me and i finished in 5:21 which is 25 minutes slower than last year!).

* Virgin London Marathon on 17th April.  There I shall be trying to beat my own Guinness World Record for the 'Longest Scarf Knitted Whilst Running a Marathon'.  Goodness knows how, but I'll give it a go! (Another very hot one and I made a decision at the start not to push too hard - sweaty hands and wool do not work well together!  Finished just within my time limit of 6 hours - 5:56, but was 10 cm short of my record.  Never mind, I still hold 2 GWRs and there's always next year.)

* Salzburg Marathon on 15th May - at least I'll have had a few weeks to recover. (Here the weather was completely different with torrential rain and cold winds for most of the time!  I was delighted not to be last as there were only around 500 runners and I trotted home in 5:03:38.  Now for the hard training over summer for that elusive pb at Liverpool)

* Liverpool Marathon on 9th October.  This is where I want to beat my current pb of 4:50 which was set in 2005.  This will be a real trip down memory lane for me as I worked in Liverpool for many years, met and married my husband Mike there and absolutely loved the people.  It made me think about how the brains of dementia sufferers start to lose recent memories but yet retain memories from many years ago.

You can check out how my training is going by reading my blog at http://www.extremeknittingredhead.blogspot.com - details below.

For anyone without experience of dementia and the horrors that it brings, please read mum's story below and you'll see why I think it's so important to raise awareness about the disease and raise money for research.

Mum's story:

In 1997 my mother, then aged 81, had a series of minor strokes.  Shortly after that we started to notice behavioural changes notably memory loss and confusion over everyday items.  We thought it was just old age finally catching up with her.  Then she started wandering and had violent mood swings.  Although she already lived with us it became obvious that she couldn't be left alone for long and so I left my job to care for her.
The next few years saw a gradual decline into the blackness that is 'vascular dementia'.  My normally placid mum became violent and aggressive.  She had psychotic incidents where she would see imaginary people (children hiding in her wardrobe, Russians sitting on the stairs, women stealing her clothes) and she would shout at them and sometimes throw things too.  She was so convincing that we used to go and check that there wasn't anyone there!  When my sister died several years ago mum did not know who Judy was or that she was her daughter.  The moment that I finally realised she no longer knew that I was her daughter was a terrible time for me.

In the last 2 years that she lived with us, life for us all became almost unbearable as she needed 24 hour care - she couldn't be left alone at all because she would either wander off or hurt herself, she never slept for more than 30 minutes at a time during the night, she became incontinent and incapable of doing anything for herself.  Finally my husband and I realised that we could no longer provide her with the care that she needed and she went to live in Castlemaine where Harry and his team did a splendid job caring for her in the final months of her life.

There she lived a zombified existence unaware of who she was, what she was or where she was.  It was heartbreaking.  She died in 2005, the day after her 89th birthday. I ran my first marathon in her memory 2 weeks later.

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Recent donors

22.10.11 Keep up the great work Susie. Love to you both from Sarah and Paul

09.10.11 Well done Susie, so glad we got to cheer you on in Liverpool! Lots of Love x

19.09.11 hia susie, we hope you do well & set a new time. Knit L.F.C. scarf while you run & I will buy it off you. good luck, great cause.... GO GIRL :-)

13.06.11 Happy Birthday, Love from Karen, Mark & Chelsea xxxx

10.06.11 They'll be flapjack waiting in the pub at the end of Liverpool. Seems like there's a fair few aiming for pb's. Hopefully we'll all be celebrating success together. Good Luck. x

18.05.11 Good luck. Duncan

04.05.11 Well done, Susie.

18.04.11

16.04.11 Go Susie, Go!! Good luck, will be thinking of you!

16.04.11 Well done Susie, you're a true inspiration and it's been such a pleasure to meet you. Good luck with beating your record tomorrow! xx

15.04.11 Wow, running and knitting, I can barely do one of those things at a time!

02.04.11 Knit me a corgi!! Can't wait to see you back in scouseland. Hope you still hold a dual passport now you're a southerner. Love & hugs, Den & Russ x x

30.03.11 Full marks for all your efforts - Good Luck!

24.03.11 redhead's rock!

13.03.11 With thanks - in anticipation - for your support at Hastings

18.02.11 Good luck!

14.01.11 I'll be sending you a virtual kick up the ****! Good luck xxx

20.12.10 happy xmas ,luv, karen,mark & chelsea xxx

£1,231.20

Running total

Target:
£1,000.00
Total raised incl. Gift Aid:
£1,349.94
Total donors:
18
Last donor:
Anonymous
22.10.11  
Offline fundraising:
£781.20