Five challenges in memory of ‘lovely’ father

Karen Edwards celebrates completing all her fundraisers with friends and familu SUS-151019-124125001
Karen Edwards celebrates completing all her fundraisers with friends and familu SUS-151019-124125001

A woman from Haywards Heath is celebrating after completing five fundraising challenges in memory of her father.

Karen Edwards, who lives in Rocky Lane, was joined by friends and family to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society after losing her father Harold Edwards two years ago after a long and agonising battle with the disease.

She said: “He was a lovely man and well known in the local area having lived much of his life in Nutley, playing cricket for many years for Coleman’s Hatch and working on numerous local properties as part of his building business – Dean Edwards based in Horsted Keynes.

“He was a man of the Ashdown Forest and thankfully was able to enjoy walking and time admiring the views in the early stages of his illness.

“In the latter stages he was cared for at home and then at St Raphael’s Care Home in Danehill a wonderful place specialising in care for those with dementia,” she added.

“Finding good care is vital so St Raphael’s became part of our lives and remains so as my father in law is there, unfortunately also suffering with the disease.”

Karen’s ‘5 challenges for 2015’ included a 100km cycle across the Isle of Wight in May with Mike Ayres from Haywards Heath, a 40 mile Guernsey coastal walk in June with Julie Ayres from Haywards Heath, a Ben Nevis Night Trek with her husband Guy Matthews and sister Heather Edwards from Haywards Heath, a Shipwrights Way 50 mile Mountain bike trail in August with Lynn Sindon from Plumpton and a 10k family fun run in Brighton in September.

To donate visit https://www.justgiving.com/KarenEdwards-5Challenges2015/

Picture contributed.