Exmouth family's China walk
PUBLISHED: 12:30 12 November 2015
The family of an Exmouth man with Alzheimer's are gearing up for an epic challenge in the hope that others do not have to go through the same as them.
Former bricklayer Ron Westcott, 64, was diagnosed two years ago and now his wife Angela, 63, and son Tony, 37, are set to trek along part of the Great Wall of China next October.
The Brixington duo will be among 40 to 60 people who will be taking on the challenge to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society.
Tony and Angela say they want to raise funds for the charity to help the charity find a cure for the degenerative condition.
They need to raise £3,350 each before they set off, but they have set a combined target of £10,000.
Angela said you cannot put into words the feeling when you are told a loved-one has Alzhiemer’s. She added: “Alzheimer’s has become more and more out in the open, but it is still pretty much in the dark.
“Not only does it affect them, it affects the whole family and friends of the victim.”
Tony said: “It is going to be helping other people going through these sorts of things. We are looking forward to the challenge, not just the fundraising side of it, but the actual challenge.”
Ron, who used to work for Greenacre Homes, now lives in the cottage at Rose Lodge care home, in Isca Road.
Angela and Tony will be staging a collection at this year’s Christmas Cracker on December 5 to raise the funds they need. They will also be holding a fundraising charity raffle at the Co-op store in Littleham.
On December 20, another raffle will be held at the Swan Inn, Lympstone, which will also raise funds for the cause.
Anyone who wants to donate can go to Daffodil’s Flourirst, Church Street, or visit https://www.gofundme.com/n97tgmng