A LEEDS man has completed a mammoth fundraising cycling challenge in a bid to raise awareness of Alzhiemer’s after his mother was struck down with the disease aged just 59.
Dave Redman, 38, of Alwoodley, said his mother Mary Tickner was able to lead a normal life until just under two years ago, but now needs 24-hour care in a residential home after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.
Mr Redman climbed 8,848m – the height of Mount Everest – in 13 hours cycling up and down Norwood Edge Outside Otley and travelled more than 100 miles.
His efforts have so far raised £700 for the Alzheimer’s Society.
Mr Redman said: “It was the toughest thing I have ever done. It was absolutely energy sapping, but it raised £700 so was definitely worth it.
“I just want to make people aware because most people think that Alzheimer’s affects older people.
“I’m trying to highlight the fact that my mother was very young. She is only 60 now and she requires round the clock care.”
“She went from driving a car to permanent residential care in two years.
“However, it is important to note that others can take 10 years, even 20 years to cover the same ground.
“In her case the onset and development of the disease has been particularly rapid.”
Mr Redman said his mother used to love looking after her grandchildren, driving fast cars and walking in the Yorkshire Dales. She had tackled long walks including the Three Peaks.
He said: “At first there was no noticeable change, but she began to get more lost walking to places even half a mile away
“In April 2014 she was assessed and entered into permanent residential care in May 2014.
“By December 2014 she was dependent for all personal help and nearly all feeding.”
Mr Redman added: “There is nothing that can be done about it. We just have to get on and live with it. It is upsetting, but we all just stick together as a family.”
To donate to Mr Redman’s appeal, go to www.justgiving.com/Dave77Redman