Dad’s illness inspires gruelling kayak race

KAYAKERS Enda Ryan and Craig Lindsay
KAYAKERS Enda Ryan and Craig Lindsay
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TWO friends will take part in a gruelling 24-hour kayak race to raise cash for research into dementia.

Craig Lindsay, from Bedhampton, and his friend Enda Ryan will tackle the 125- mile long Devizes to Westminster International Canoe Race on Saturday.

Mr Lindsay wants to raise £1,000 for Alzheimers Research UK.

His dad Tom, a former Scotland Schoolboys football player and football coach, was diagnosed with the disease four years ago aged 73.

Forty-year-old Mr Lindsay said: ‘I’ve always idolised Dad but little by little dementia has robbed him of his independence and precious memories.

‘He rarely seems to recognise me or my family any more.

‘Sadly my six-year-old daughter will never know the strong and caring man who taught me so much.

‘Enda and I are going to do Dad proud by completing this gruelling journey to help Alzheimer’s Research UK defeat dementia.’

To sponsor Mr Lindsay go to justgiving.com/Craig-Lindsay or call the Fundraising team at Alzheimer’s Research UK on 01223 843899.