A mother and son from Banbury are to take part in the first Waddesdon Manor Memory Walk on Saturday to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society.
Sue Kinch’s father Tom Beattie has vascular dementia.
She said: “Over Christmas 2011 my mum had to call an ambulance because dad got so confused; he thought he was in another house and he was having delusions.
“He has changed from the outspoken man he was. He doesn’t want to go out much and goes to bed much earlier. He used to stay up and do crosswords or watch the news and was always the last to bed.”
Now Tom is looked after by his wife, Pat. The family did not want to put him in a home.
“He can get quite anxious if she’s not around and mum wouldn’t have it any other way. He occasionally thinks he has several different people caring for him, but it’s mum.”
Mrs Kinch hopes that by taking part in the walk – with her son Tom, 14 – it will draw attention to the condition and how it can affect people’s lives.
”Many people are unaware of how dementia can affect not just the patient but the carers and the extended families and friends,” she said.