THE manager of the St Elli Centre Andrew Stephens has re-laced his running shoes to help raise awareness for Dementia UK.

In early 2018 his mother’s dementia became a mayor issue and she could no longer stay with Andrew.

This resulted in the difficult decision the family had to take in finding a residential care home that could cater for her needs 24/7.

Andrew said: “We were ever so lucky that we found Ashley Court care Home in New Road Llanelli and Mam has been there since 1st February 2018.

“In April I decided to do something that I haven’t done since leaving school and that was to start running again. One of the reasons I started running was to raise awareness for Dementia UK.”

Starting off with 5K at the Llanelli Coast Parkrun on Saturday morning and subsequently joining Llanelli Athletic Club, Andrew goes out two to three times a week with runners of all abilities.

He continued: “This is something I could never have done when I was caring for my mother for the last twenty five years.”

He has completed four 10k races and on Sunday (Oct 7) he will be tackling his first half marathon in Cardiff, followed by the Llanelli half marathon in February next year, all for Dementia UK.

He has set up a Virgin Money Giving page with a ‘modest’ sum of £500 for Dementia UK and to treat the residents and staff at Ashley Court Care Home in Llanelli to a traditional fish supper.

You can find a link to the fundraiser here.

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