A milkman from Braintree in Essex is aiming to raise a significant sum for Alzheimer's Research UK by running this month's London Marathon.
Tim Davies will join over 37,000 fellow runners on the 26.2 mile course on April 21st. He was inspired to do the run by his grandfather Eric, who is currently in a care home with Alzheimer's disease.
"He is 78 and was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s six years ago. Since then I’ve been shocked to learn that there isn’t enough money for research to develop new treatments," Mr Davies said.
He added that he will be thinking of his grandfather as he makes his way around the course.
Parminder Summon, community fundraising manager for Alzheimer’s Research UK, revealed that last year's marathon saw runners raise more than £150,000 for the charity, which was enough to fund five research projects.
At present, around 820,000 are affected by Alzheimer's disease in the UK but the figure is likely to grow greatly because of an ageing population.
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