George remembers his brother with Portugal run

PUBLISHED: 13:00 29 September 2012

Derek, George and George's wife Lynn on holiday in Portugal.

Derek, George and George's wife Lynn on holiday in Portugal.

George Smith

A CHARITY cycle will take place in Portugal in memory of an Uphill man who suffered from Alzheimer's disease.

George Smith, aged 59, will be cycling 400km from Albufeira to Fatima on Wednesday for three days and hopes to raise £800 for the Alzheimer’s Society in memory of his brother Derek.

Derek, who lived in Wingard Close, died in July at the age of 75 after a relatively short but distressing journey with the disease.

He grew up in Cumbria but spent most of his life in the South West and moved to Weston in 1975, where he lived with his wife Gill, aged 60, who still lives in the town.

George, who lives in Plymouth, said: “It will be a tough challenge but it’s great to know that I will be raising funds to help support people to live well with dementia today and fund research to find a cure for tomorrow.

“Derek worked for British Rail for 40 years and was a quiet, sensitive man with a dry sense of humour. He enjoyed travelling, walking, reading, photography and spending time with his family and is greatly missed.”

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