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Son to take on two gruelling sports challenges to raise money for Alzheimer's Society for mum

PUBLISHED: 16:03 06 April 2017

Brian and Eve in December 2016

Brian and Eve in December 2016

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Brian Allen's mum Eve was diagnosed with dementia in 2015

Eve and Alf together in April 2016Eve and Alf together in April 2016

An Orpington man has committed to two sporting events in a bid to raise money for his mother who suffers from dementia.

Brian Allen, 45, of Stapleton Road, will take on an Ironman challenge - 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile cycle, and finishing with a 26.2 mile run - and also a 200 mile cycle to Land’s End, Cornwall, with hopes of raising money for Alzheimer’s Society.

Mr Allen’s mother, Eve, was diagnosed with dementia in 2015, however she had been having problems with her memory, becoming confused and struggling with problem-solving for some time before this.

He tells of a story where one day the family got together for a day out. His mother was playing hide and seek with her grandchildren, who all ran to hide as one of them started to count to 10. But Mrs Allen became condused and forgot what she was supposed to do.

Brian's haircutBrian's haircut

When her grandchildren realised that she could not remember how to play the game, they came out of their hiding places and hugged her. Mr Allen states that is a significant memory for the family and he remembers feeling moved by the children’s understanding of their grandmother’s illness.

The family went to their local GP, who referred Mr Allen’s mother to a memory clinic where she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

His dad, Alf, cared for his wife at home and she regularly visited her local dementia cafe in Greenwich. But at the time, he was also battling bowel cancer.

Her condition deteriorated, she became violent, frightened of her surroundings and unable to recognise her husband or son. She was eventually sectioned after losing her ability to speak and only being able to scream.

Brian's haircut for charityBrian's haircut for charity

She now lives in a residential home specialising in dealing with dementia. The home is only a mile from her husband, and he still visits her regularly. They just celebrated their 49th wedding anniversary.

Mr Allen has also recently cut and died his hair into a bright yellow mohican, so that when he’s running marathons the crowd can spot him, easily.

Mr Allen has a Facebook page dedicated to his mum and documenting his visits to her and his training sessions - facebook.com/groups/1231999650248623

You can also sponsor him by visiting mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/brianallen2017

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