Gainsborough woman’s fundraising mission in memory of dad

Donna with her husband
Donna with her husband

A Gainsborough woman is on a mission to raise as much money as possible for the Alzheimer’s Society in memory of her dad.

So far Donna Thompson, aged 51, has raised about £1,200.

Donna decided to start fundraising after her dad, William Young, who liked to be known as Bill, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

Donna's family members on the walk.

Donna's family members on the walk.

He passed away on Saturday, October 7, aged 73.

Donna said: “Dad was only diagnosed two years ago with Alzheimer’s.

“It’s an awful disease which took hold rapidly and the doctors said they had never seen anyone go downhill so quick.

“We wanted to raise money to help Alzheimer’s, as we knew we couldn’t help dad and we wanted to try to raise awareness and raise as much money as we could.

William 'Bill' Young

William 'Bill' Young

“It’s an awful disease to see a family member go through.

“I have had help from my friend Paul Bagshaw, who organised a raffle to raise even more money, and a lot of businesses in Gainsborough and the surrounding area donated great prizes.

“We had more than 50 prizes donated for the raffle.

“I can’t thank everyone enough for what they have done for us.”

As well as the raffle, people took part in the memory walk around Clumber Park.

Donna said: “I was on holiday though, so I did the walk in Spain with my husband, Pete.

“We found a route and linked up with my sister, Paula, and other members of my family so we all started at the same time.”

Donna wants to continue supporting the charity and hopes to do something every year, while trying to raise as much money as she can.

She said: “I have friends who have family members suffering at the moment.

“We want to do as much as we can to help try to find a cure.

“It isn’t until a member of your family goes through this that you know the effect it’s going to have on you and how much life is going to change.”

William had been living at Foxby Hill Care Home since February 1.

Donna said: “The staff there were brilliant with him and it was where he spent his last days until he passed away on October 7, six days after our walk for the Alzheimer’s charity.”

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Donna would also like to thank all the businesses who donated prizes for the raffle.