Two sisters are hosting a family fun day to fight back against Alzheimer’s, the disease which their mother was diagnosed with aged just 59.
Tracy and Julie Williams are holding the event on Saturday, June 4, at The Severals in Newmarket from 1-8pm, and will feature fairground rides, a dog show, bar, bouncy castles, stalls and bands, and all free to enter.
Mother-of-one Tracy, of Golden Miller Close, Newmarket, said organising the event was a reaction to the helpless feeling of having to watch their mum Ann Williams, now 63, struggle with the disease.
She said: “We have watched her get worse as the years have gone on. It’s that whole feeling of being totally out of control. We sat down and thought that we had to do something.”
Tracy helps run Newmarket business JP’s Bouncy Castle Hire with her partner Paul Collinson, which meant not only could she help provide some of the entertainment for the day but she had the contacts to organise the other attractions. She said the dog show element has been so popular, that extra classes have had to be arranged and the whole event is raising money for the Alzheimer’s Society. Local businesses have also supported a fundraising raffle.
Ann and husband Alf live with daughter Julie in Soham, and both Tracy and Julie are childminders.
Tracy said: “We have to sit and watch our mum turn into a stranger. Mum often doesn’t really know who I am anymore. You feel very helpless.
“My nan had dementia in her mid-80s. When mum was diagnosed, we thought, ‘it can’t be right. Only old people get that’. We accepted it with nan - she was 84.
“Also doing this event has shown us how many people are affected by dementia and Alzheimer’s. It is quite scary that there is a big percentage of people who have someone in the family with dementia or Alzheimer’s.”
For more on the event, visit the Facebook page: www.facebook.com/events/912966238815872