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Director’s marathon effort

Buckinghamshire-based Barclays director Rick Somerset-Williams is taking on his fifth marathon to fund vital dementia research, in memory of his mother.

The director of corporate operations at Barclays will run the London Marathon on 24 April this year for Alzheimer’s Research UK after losing his mother, Cherith Williams, to dementia in 2013.

Rick has already exceeded his £2,000 target for the UK’s leading dementia research charity to enable them to fund research into treatments and improved diagnostics so other families do not go through the same heart-breaking experience his did.

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Barclays has also agreed to match fund Rick’s first £1,000 raised as part of their matched fundraising and volunteering programmes.

The 43-year-old from Beaconsfield has previously run marathons for charities in Manchester and Edinburgh gaining a personal best of three hours and 35 minutes. Although he might push himself to beat his time in the 26.2 mile race, Rick said this marathon would be personal, emotive and all about the cause.

Mr Somerset-Williams said: “My mum was diagnosed with dementia in 2010, just four months after finally becoming a grandma to twins. It was quite an aggressive form of dementia she had and as a family we watched her health deteriorate rapidly over a short period of time.”

“Mum’s ability to string sentences together or recognise loved ones was taken from her. My dad, Gordon, became her full-time carer overnight having to do absolutely everything for her.”

“There are simply no words to describe just how horrific this illness is but I hope the money I raise will give hope to future generations.”