A LOVING Trawden son is ready to run for his hero.
Craig Midgley (35), of Colne Road, is aiming to raise £2,000 for Alzheimer’s Society, after his 63-year-old dad Steven was diagnosed with Dementia with Lewey Bodies two years ago.
The engineering department tutor at Nelson and Colne College will be running the London Marathon on April 21st — the day of his own son’s third birthday.
Prior to falling ill, Steven was a carpenter, very practical and a keen problem-solver.
Three years ago he was still driving, but now his family have had to make the difficult decision of allowing the local authorities in Wiltshire to find residential care for him.
Now, after being nominated by his wife Sarah, Craig is hopeful that running the marathon will help to raise awareness of the “dreadful disease”.
He said: “My dad is my hero, as a child he would always be running, taking part in marathons and was at the gym every morning before work.
“I thought that he was invincible and I always hoped that I could be as fit as him.
“This was a massive shock to all the family and although we all really knew that things were not right we had hoped that we would not get this diagnosis.
“He is about to move into a care home as my mum can no longer meet his basic needs, this has been a very difficult decision to make.
“He does not always know who I am but he is still my hero.”
Although Craig, who was in the army for 13 years, has taken part in a wide range of sporting endurance events, he has found it more difficult to fit in training recently.
He will be supported at the London Marathon by various members of his family.
There are currently 800,000 people with dementia in the UK. For more information visit alzheimers.org.uk.
To make a donation to Craig visit http://sponsormetoshine.org/craig-midgley1.