Rotherham woman to raise cash for her dementia sufferer dad

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A devoted daughter is turning despair over her dad’s dementia diagnosis into a determined bid to boost the fight against the disease.

Donna Shaw, a mum-of-two Donna, will among up to 2,500 people taking part in the Alzheimer’s Society’s ‘Sheffield Memory Walk’ at the Rother Valley Country Park on Saturday, October 3.

The Bramley Sunnyside Infant School teaching assistant is taking part in the event following her father David’s diagnosis.

David Hodgkinson, a former postman, was diagnosed at the age of 63 last November.

“Dad is moderately advanced now with Alzheimer’s and I just felt I needed to do something positive because it is such a negative disease,” said Donna.

“Sadly, at this moment in time there’s no cure for dementia and we know that because it is a degenerative disease that he is going to decline.

“That’s why I wanted to do something positive for my generation and for my children and their children because one day that cure will be found and the more we do now at events like Memory Walk the sooner it will be found.”

To take part visit memorywalk.org.uk