Mothers provide inspiration for fund raising ball

Sian Morris (left) and Amanda Baxter are organising a summer ball to raise money for the Alzheimer's Society and Stroke Association NNL-150227-105258001
Sian Morris (left) and Amanda Baxter are organising a summer ball to raise money for the Alzheimer's Society and Stroke Association NNL-150227-105258001

Two women from Bloxham whose mothers are suffering from illnesses which affect the brain are seeking sponsors.

Sian Morris, 34, and Amanda Baxter, 45, are organising the Forget-Me-Not Ball in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society and Stroke Association.

They are looking for businesses to sponsor the event through donations or services.

The pair are looking to raise £6,000 from the ball, on June 27, as an alternative to asking for sponsorship for the London Royal Parks Foundation half marathon in October.

Mrs Baxter, company director for Dijon Designs, has watched her mother, Peggy Craven, 85, who lives in assisted-living housing in Banbury, deteriorate due to Alzheimer’s. She said: “Her personality started to shrink. She was always a bit lively and naughty – very full of life.”

Her mother’s personality began to change and she lost her short term memory.

“She still recognises me, but she doesn’t engage. You can’t have a conversation any more and that must be devastating for my dad, who must be really lonely,” Mrs Baxter said.

Mrs Morris’ mother, former screen printer Lynwen Griffiths, spent six months in hospital after having a haemorrhagic stroke in December 2013. Mrs Morris and her father, former Drayton School physics teacher John, 67, have had to watch her struggle with the long-term effects.

She now needs full-time carers and has no use of her right side. She also has aphasia, which prevents the brain from co-ordinating speech.

Mrs Morris said: “I miss talking to her, but most of all I think about my dad.

“He retired in August 2013, and it’s their 45th wedding anniversary this month. But this is his life now and I think it must be a really tough adjustment for him to have to cope with.”

To help, visit the Facebook page for the Forget-Me-Not Ball, the Twitter account 
@forgetmenotball or email forgetmenotball2015@gmail.com.