A WOMAN who lost her husband to a disease that causes senile dementia, is to do a charity walk in his memory.

To celebrate her 84th birthday, Helen Jones will be walking 84 miles in 17 days to raise money for the mental health charity Mind.

Mrs Jones said: "I intend to walk 84 miles, in 17 stages of about five miles each in the North Cotwolds, over a period of 21 days.

"I have a target to raise £3,000 in memory of my late husband John, who suffered from a distressing form of senile dementia.

"Since losing my husband to Lewy Body Disease I have wanted to make an effort to help the cause.

"This walk is entirely my own idea."

Mrs Jones said she was determined to raise money for Mind, the charity that gives help and guidance to people with mental illness, after learning that one teenager in four had attempted to self harm nationally.

Mrs Jones is attempting the walk between March 27 and April 17, with a team of 17 walk leaders supporting her.

Each day the Bredon Court resident will be walking in a group of 12, who will all be raising money for the charity - and there is still some slots available for some of the days.

Mrs Jones, who has lived in Broadway for nearly 40 years, is encouraging people to support her with a donation adding: "Even the smallest amount would be gratefully received."

To make a donation visit justgiving.com/fundraising/alan-andrews2, or alternatively make a donation direct to Mind - mind.org.uk - quoting Mind number 9111447.

Anyone interested in raising money and joining Mrs Jones on the walk can request a walking companion reservation form and sponsorship form by contacting Sharon Thackeray on 01386 858973.

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