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Landlady of Enfield bar to walk for Alzheimer's charity
Inspired by her mother, an Enfield landlady will be taking part in a charity walk for an Alzheimer’s charity.
Ann Murray, 57 of Enfield Lock, the landlady of Tommy’s Bar in Hertford Road, Enfield, is hoping she and her customers can raise money for Alzheimer’s Society after signing up for the Regents Park Memory Walk.
She is taking part because of her mother, Mary Rogers, 87, who has Alzheimer’s and can no longer recognise any of her family.
Ms Murray said: “It’s horrible, it is difficult to see this former vibrant woman, who used to be a teacher, get everything so confused. One thing she does is mix up languages as both she and my dad were from Wales so she speaks both English and Welsh.”
After being diagnosed seven years ago, Mrs Rogers has been living in a home for the past five years because she would often get lost walking around town.
The 57-year-old first put her confusion down to the trauma of Mrs Rogers losing her husband Ted Rogers, 83 and her son Rhys Rogers, 44 within a month.
Ms Murray added: “I’d get phone calls from the hospital. Mum would have got lost when out shopping in an area where she had been living for 50 years. She would get confused and the shopkeepers would phone an ambulance because they were concerned.”
It is estimated that 3,000 people in the borough have Alzheimer’s and Tommy’s Bar’s landlady believes that more people should pay attention to older generations.
She said: “I’ve got a customer in the pub and I’ve noticed signs of the condition. If he’s borrowed money he forgets and he has a lot of other memory problems. Also, he’s still driving, so that’s a concern. His daughter said he’s got dementia but not Alzheimer’s. Because I’ve got experience of the condition it makes me understand about it and I can look out for him.”
The walk will take place at Regents Park on Saturday, September 14.
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