Barnsley widower, 93, in sponsored walk for charity

Jack Hooley with Linda Pattison from Biads.

Jack Hooley with Linda Pattison from Biads.

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A 93-year-old man is preparing to stride out in aid of a South Yorkshire charity – in memory of his wife.

Jack Hooley is preparing for a sponsored walk in aid of Barnsley Independent Alzheimer’s and Dementia Support, which supported him after his late wife, Joyce, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

He said: “I can’t praise them enough for the support I’ve had and the support to myself has been wonderful.

“The favourite thing for me is all the functions and all the support and help we get.”

Pam Evans, Biads deputy chief officer, said: “It changed his life.”

Jack, of Royston, near Barnsley, will be joining staff, carers and their family in tomorrow’s walk of at least two miles.

He has been involved with Biads since his wife’s diagnosis several years ago – and has stayed involved even after his wife died 15 months ago.

As well as raising funds through the sponsored walk – his third for the charity – he helps out in whatever way he can.

He still attends BIADS meetings and functions, hoping to pass on his experience to other carers who still have their loved ones with them.

Jack also recently helped volunteers clear long grass and weeds which covered an area outside of Biads’ dementia support centre on Dean Street, Barnsley town centre – he even contributed to the hire of a skip.

Jack said: “I’m only trying, now I’ve lost Joyce, to help others in the same position.”

Biads’ sponsored walk, around Worsborough Country Park, sets off at 10.30am tomorrow.

Jack said: “I’m hoping, with the help of the Lord, to get around, for Joyce.”

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