Bootsford man to run London Marathon for Alzheimer Society in memory of his parents


A 58-year-old man is running his first marathon for a dementia charity.

Michael Fletcher, from Bootsford, will run the London Marathon on Sunday October 2 for the Alzheimer Society in memory of his parents, Fred and Veronica, who both recently died of dementia-related illnesses.

Despite suffering from two bouts of Covid and injuries, Michael is determined to complete the marathon to raise as much money as possible for the charity.

Michael Flecher. (59178386)

Michael, who works for national recruitment firm Hays, said the training had been “difficult” but said he was “looking forward to raising the funds”.

He said: “Until July training was going well, then I got hit with another bout of Covid and a leg injury so it put me back together, but I’m fine. I’m in good shape overall and looking forward to it in a perverted way.This is my first marathon.

Michael, who is 6’7 and more used to cycling than running, was originally scheduled to run the marathon in 2021 but had to postpone as his niece got married the day before he was due to take on the challenge .

Michael Fletcher will run in memory of Fred and Veronica Fletcher.  (59164592)
Michael Fletcher will run in memory of Fred and Veronica Fletcher. (59164592)

His wife and family will travel to the capital to encourage him.

Michael added: “The real goal has always been to do it in front of the crowd. It’s one of those milestones and it’s part of doing it in front of a quarter of a million people.

“I have good support which is great and always really helps me with this stuff.”

Michael said he wanted to complete the marathon to make his parents proud, adding that “the service and support provided to us as a family by the Alzheimer’s Society has made a huge difference in helping us understand and manage time. that we were left with them in an informed and positive way”.

He continues: “My dad has served his time in the services, proudly independent, and then to see it go downhill quite quickly and, not the lack of funding, but the misunderstanding that there is about Alzheimer’s.

“The number of people who are going to get this horrible disease over the next 15 years is staggering. We need to be better educated.”

A 2019 report, commissioned by the Alzheimer’s Society at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), found that there are currently around 900,000 people with dementia in the UK. This figure is expected to reach 1.6 million people by 2040.

The pandemic has resulted in a lack of funds for dementia research and support for families who need help.

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Michael added, “I’ve spent my life trying to make my parents proud and I sincerely hope that my contribution to this year’s marathon would have made them smile and be proud that their son was ‘doing his part’.”


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