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Manor Park student to complete charity Alzheimer’s walk in memory of grandmother

PUBLISHED: 07:00 09 October 2018

Doreen May Smith with great great grandchild, Rhiann, with whom she shared a love of teddies. Picture: Alzheimer's Society

Doreen May Smith with great great grandchild, Rhiann, with whom she shared a love of teddies. Picture: Alzheimer's Society

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A student from Manor Park is doing a charity walk in memory of her grandmother.

Doreen May Smith, who had vascular dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, the two most common causes of dementia. Picture: Alzheimer's SocietyDoreen May Smith, who had vascular dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, the two most common causes of dementia. Picture: Alzheimer's Society

Charlotte Russell, 22, is taking part in a memory walk to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society.

Her grandmother, Doreen May Smith, had vascular dementia and Alzheimer’s disease and died when she was 91.

Charlotte said: “It had a massive impact, we are all very close and she was the heart and soul of our family. It caused a massive strain on members of the family because it was difficult seeing her like that.

“It was very hard seeing her so distressed. Even worse knowing she had no memory of who we were. She was my world and always will be.”

Doreen May Smith, who was a great great grandmother and huge Ed Sheeran fan. Picture: Alzheimer's SocietyDoreen May Smith, who was a great great grandmother and huge Ed Sheeran fan. Picture: Alzheimer's Society

Doreen had 13 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren and one great great great grandchild. Charlotte will be completing the walk with her mum, sister, and sister’s children.

Charlotte’s hoping she’ll inspire others to sign up. There are two in London - a night walk in the Olympic Park on October 6, and a day walk in central London on October 13. To register, visit memorywalk.org.uk.

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