Gary’s mother Francina Christmas passed away in June this year, after suffering from Alzheimer’s Dementia for 15 years. Gary wanted to raise money for charity in his mum’s memory and knew that Age UK Leicester Shire and Rutland had been a great source of support for his mum.
Francina used to go to Age UK Leicester Shire & Rutland’s Gloucester House in Melton Mowbray three times a week. Living at home on her own with dementia after her husband passed away in 2005 could have been extremely isolating, so going to Age UK LS&R became the highlight of Francina’s week.
Gloucester House gives older people the opportunity to socialise, be creative and make new friends, as well as providing a hot meal, this was of huge benefit to Francina as she was no longer able to cook for herself due to the dementia.
These days out became a lifeline, and provided relief and reassurance for the family, knowing that she was in a safe environment with the fantastic staff there who would collect and drop her off to her front door no doubt enhanced Francina’s quality of life.
Gary is raising money for Age UK Leicester Shire & Rutland to show his appreciation for what they did for his mother Francina and her family. Gary and his son will set off from Gloucester House on Saturday 1st August 2020 and cycle all the way to Skegness, they will repeat the journey by bike the following day.