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Marathon effort for research by Harold Park woman

PUBLISHED: 17:00 06 December 2015

Sandra Long is running the London Marathon next year

Sandra Long is running the London Marathon next year

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A woman who has watched her father struggle with Alzheimer's is running the London Marathon next year to raise money for research.

Sandra Long, 52, from Harold Park, hopes to raise £3,000 for Alzheimer’s Research UK.

She said: “The support we have had has been amazing and it’s given me the incentive to train.

“I’ve never run a marathon before and it’s slowly creeping up but I’m feeling determined.

“I’ve joined a running club and I already play netball twice a week and cycle a lot.

“When I set my mind to something, I do it so I know I’ll complete the course – even if I end up walking!”

Dementia affects more than 850,000 people in the UK and numbers are increasing.

Sandra’s dad, Alan Trust, was diagnosed with the disease in 2013.

She said: “We did have some suspicions that dad had it.

“His brother had been diagnosed a few years earlier, so dad was very proactive about getting checked as soon as possible.

“After an MRI scan confirmed the early onset of dementia, dad began to take tablets which slow the process down.

“He is still very active – he loves singing and table tennis.

“He is getting more forgetful and my mum is his full-time carer.”

Sandra hopes the money raised for the charity will fund more research to find a cure.

Currently, combined government and charity investment in dementia research is seven times lower than cancer research.

She said: “Alzheimer’s Research UK is completely self-funded and I wanted to do my bit to fund more research and maybe find a cure.

“It is a very upsetting disease – especially when family members stop recognising you.

“It’s too late to help my dad but the money raised could help prevent Alzheimer’s in future generations.”

To donate to Sandra’s campaign, visit virginmoneygiving.com/sandralong1.

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