Dad’s illness inspires charity quiz night in Banbury

Tom and Lucy Mannion NNL-180304-162132001
Tom and Lucy Mannion NNL-180304-162132001

A family is raising money for Alzheimer Research UK with a quiz and raffle night in Banbury in response to their personal experience of dementia.

Michele Mannion has organised The Mighty Quiz at Also Known As bar in Parsons Street on Tuesday, April 17, to help towards research as her father Tom has dementia.

Tom and Lucy Mannion on their wedding day on February 15, 1958 NNL-180304-162120001

Tom and Lucy Mannion on their wedding day on February 15, 1958 NNL-180304-162120001

“We’re losing a piece of our dad every day, some days it’s a good day and some days it’s a bad one,” she said.

Tom, 85, used to live in Banbury but is now in a nursing home in Birmingham with his wife of 60 years, Lucy, after being diagnosed with dementia.

Michele, who still lives in Banbury, decided to do something to help towards research and thought a quiz would be a good idea.

The management at AKA provided the venue and Michele has had generous donations for the raffle, including meals at Siam House and Voujon, massages and a £100 cash prize from the family.

“It’s just lovely as everyone can see the impact on the family and everyone is rallying around as much as they can,” Michele said.

The quiz is at 7.30pm, tickets are £2 per person for teams of six and must be booked in advance by emailing Michele at minmannnion@hotmail.com.

To donate to the cause if you cannot make the quiz, visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Michele-Mannion3.