In 2014 my wonderful mother Maggie started to show symptoms of memory loss (forgetting plans, repeating herself, changes in appetite etc) We hoped and prayed that it was not our worst fear, but those fears were confirmed soon after this by the Newcastle Memory Clinic. Our vivacious, caring and selfless mother had early onset Alzheimer's. Alzheimer's disease is an irreversible, progressive brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills and, eventually, the ability to carry out the simplest tasks.Effectively from that day forward my brother and I would lose the one person that had cared for us from birth, day by day having to adapt to new and sometimes frightening behaviours and the continually pain a degenerative disease causes both the sufferer and their family.
By the grace of God, we had several amazing people help during our journey, many of which work for the amazing Age UK North Tyneside. But others included a lady that would read to my mum once a week, a young volunteer who telephoned my mum for a chat and a lovely girl who worked as an occupational therapist who took mum on small outings etc. In April this year, mum contracted covid and was hospitalized which was a very scary time for us but being the strong geordie bird she is, she beat it. But the effects were devastating, she became increasingly confused, prone to wandering and generally very impaired. Throughout the 9 months or so that Covid has impacted the UK, all visits to my mum have stopped. My younger brother John, who bears all responsibility for mum has been left isolated and alone, having to turn to friends for small graces such as shopping drop offs or medication runs.
He now faces a 2021 in the same situation as services remain overloaded. However he does have an option to fund respite for mum when it becomes too much for him to be able to effectively care for her. But the funding is capped at a certain amount. I am asking if you have anything spare to donate if you can to help my family through this heartbreaking time. We know that we will never get our mum back but if we can only give her half the love and support she has given us and countless others, we will be happy. Thank you for reading