A devoted runner from Stockton-on-Tees is taking part in eight parkruns in places that were important to his late wife to raise money for Alzheimer’s Research UK.
John Hirst will tackle eight 5km runs across the UK in memory of his wife Pat, who died in July, aged 66, having been diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia (FTD) in 2012.
While most people associate dementia with memory loss and old age, some of the rarer forms of dementia like FTD can impact people at a younger age and initial symptoms vary.
People living with FTD usually have changes in their behaviour and personality and even their speech. This week is World FTD Awareness Week.
Pat’s symptoms included apathy, loss of language and behaviour changes.
John’s first run was in York on August 12 and the final one will be at his home event at Tees Barrage on February 17, which would have been the couple’s ruby wedding anniversary.