THIS weekend a mum-of-four will tackle the first of two marathons in as many weeks in memory of her mother.
Supermum Hazel Rochez from Crockerhill is taking part in this Sunday’s Brighton Marathon, and as if that wasn’t enough she will then run the London Marathon on Sunday, April 26.
These two marathons will be the 12th and 13th that 55-year-old Hazel has run in aid of Alzheimer’s Society
Hazel is hoping to raise £2,000 through these two 26.2 mile runs, which would bring her fundraising total to more than £21,000 for a charity very close to her heart
Hazel’s mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2001 and died in 2003.
Hazel said: “In 2002 Mum suffered a bad fall and she died a year later – but we felt that we’d lost her long before she actually died.”
Hazel ran her very first marathon the following year, in 2004, to raise money for Alzheimer’s Society in memory of her mother.
“Alzheimer’s Society is such a worthwhile cause,” said Hazel, whose past marathons have included London, New York, Berlin, Vancouver Island, Portsmouth and The South Downs Way.
“It is something I can still do for Mum. All it is really, is just putting one foot in front of the other for a few hours.
“As the population continues to age many of us are or will be affected by dementia in some way.
“Please help me, if you can, to raise funds for their vital work with people whose lives have been affected by this cruel disease.”
Personal trainer Hazel has lived in the Chichester area since 1986 and at Crockerhill for the past 15 years
Alzheimer’s society is the UK’s leading dementia care and research charity for people with dementia, their families and carers.
It also provides support and care for people with dementia.
Some 13,000 people across West Sussex are said to have dementia and that number is expected to grow by 14 per cent by 2017.
Recently it was announced that both Bognor and Chichester were set to become dementia friendly places to live, and a host of events are planned for the summer, starting with the Living with Dementia Festival, which begins this month at Chichester Festival Theatre.
For details of all the events going on at the festival visit http://www.cft.org.uk/dementiafestival