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Shop worker raises hundreds of pounds for Alzheimer Scotland in memory of mother

A kind-hearted shop worker has raised hundreds of pounds for Alzheimer Scotland in memory of his mother.

Richard Jarvie completed his own Memory Walk last month which raised £590 for the charity, with many of his donations coming from his customers at the Co-op in Bothwell.

The 69-year-old lost his mum Isobel who suffered from dementia before she passed away 10 years ago.

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Due to the pandemic, many group events have been unable to take place, but Richard was more than happy to still do his annual challenge himself this year.

He walked over five miles between three lochs in his route which included the James Hamilton Heritage Park in East Kilbride, Drumpellier Country Park in Coatbridge and Hogganfield Park in Glasgow.

Richard told Lanarkshire Live : “I did it because of my mother passed away with the condition 10 years ago. I cared for her for about five years.

“The shop’s did the Memory Walk for a number of years but this year due to Covid I decided to do it myself.

“I decided to make my walking route round three lochs. It was terrific, and the weather stayed dry which was good, so I really enjoyed it!”

Before working in the Co-op, Richard ran his own business for 35 years. However due to his mother’s deteriorating health, he decided to give it up to spend more time caring for her.

Alzheimer Scotland has since been a charity close to the 69-year-old’s heart. And he has been overwhelmed with the kind donations that have came in from members of the Bothwell community.

“I’d like to give a big thank you to everyone who donated. It was fantastic, I was speechless at some stages.

“Some people were putting in great amounts of money and it all goes to a fantastic cause.

“It’s a condition that affects so many people so the donations have been greatly appreciated.”

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