A MERIDEN mum has said that more must be done to find a cure for dementia, a disease which has had a devastating impact on her family.
On Sunday, Cherry Ollerenshaw ran the London Marathon to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society.
Her father Kenneth died from the condition 11 years ago and then her mother, Jocelyn, was diagnosed as well.
Cherry said the number of people developing the disease was “frightening” and more money needed to go into research.
“One in three people over 65 are going to die from dementia,” said the 42-year-old. “It’s always terminal, there’s no cure.
“We have got an ageing population and it will cost the NHS billions to afford the care, many people need 24 hour supervision.
“I’ve got two teenage boys and it’d be terrible if they still haven’t found a cure by the time they get old.”
It’s the third time that Cherry, a restaurant worker, has tackled the 26-mile run for a dementia-related charity.
She’s a member of the Alzheimer’s Society and attends a meeting of the local branch, in Solihull Lodge.
“It’s important to get out and meet other people, have a laugh, because that’s how you deal with it,” she said.
Picking up an injury last year, Cherry’s only had three months’ training but hopes to raise £500 from the run.
If you can help her on the way to the total go to www.justgiving.com/Cherry-Ollerenshaw.