Dementia sufferer leaves £1,000 to Alzheimer’s charity in his will

Alfred Crouch, with wife Maria
Alfred Crouch, with wife Maria
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A DEMENTIA sufferer has left £1,000 to a charity that researches the disease.

Alfred Crouch, who died in 2009, was diagnosed with dementia six years previously, following a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.

His widow Maria said: “Alfred wanted to leave a gift to the experts, Alzheimer’s Research UK, to give hope to future generations.

“Even though he’s no longer with us, it’s wonderful to know that his generosity and compassion will still make a difference.

“He had two young grandchildren but dementia prevented him from being the grandfather I know he wanted to be. One day they’ll be proud to learn their grandfather left a gift to help defeat dementia.”

Mr Crouch, who had lived in St Leonards for 36 years, spent his final years in Hazlebrae Care Home in St Saviours Road.

Dementia affects over 10,000 people in East Sussex, and Mr Crouch suffered from dementia with Lewy bodies, the third most common type.

Rebecca Wood, Chief Executive of Alzheimer’s Research UK, said: “We are so grateful for the generous gift Alfred left us in his Will. This will pay for hours of pioneering research and vital equipment for our scientists.”

For more information about leaving a gift to fund dementia research, call Joanne Fearne, in confidence, at Alzheimer’s Research UK, on 01223 843899 or email: j.fearne@alzheimersreserchuk.org.uk.