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Family raise more than £2,000 in memory of Alzheimer's sufferer who died in Lowestoft hit and run

PUBLISHED: 07:30 29 March 2018

Brian Mitchell. Photo courtesy of Allison Small.

Brian Mitchell. Photo courtesy of Allison Small.

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More than £2,000 has been raised in memory of an Alzheimer's sufferer who died following a suspected hit and run in Lowestoft.

Brian Mitchell. Photo courtesy of Graham Mitchell.Brian Mitchell. Photo courtesy of Graham Mitchell.

The family of Brian Mitchell have raised around £2,300 for the Alzheimer’s Society to help support people living with dementia across the UK.

Mr Mitchell, who lived in the town all his life, was rushed to hospital in November with injuries consistent with being struck by a vehicle and died just two days before Christmas.

On Sunday, March 25, Mr Mitchell’s daughter and granddaughter, Allison and Becky Small organised a cake sale and raffle from their Oulton Broad home.

Thanks to an outpouring of support from local businesses, including a £250 donation from Ridgeons Builders Merchants, the family raised £1,100 on the day

Alongside donations made at Mr Mitchell’s funeral the family has raised £2,300.

Allison said: “We are really chuffed and had some really good prizes donated from local businesses.

“Alzheimer’s is such a hideous disease and we felt that if we could raise just a little bit we would be doing our bit.

“It gets less attention than cancer but more people doing small things will get the word out.”

Allison was keen to highlight the dedication of her daughter who was instrumental in the success of the event.

She said: “She baked all the cakes and really pushed for it. She was determined to make it a success.”

Mr Mitchell’s son Graham also praised the hard work of his 21-year-old niece who put her “heart and soul” into the fundraising.

He said: “I am extremely proud of her. It was a great weekend and it was really awesome to see such hard work.

“I wouldn’t have thought a youngster would be able to deliver what she did.”

Graham also spoke of the personal connection the family felt with the Alzheimer’s Society and the work it does.

He said: “My father was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s early last year.

“It is a tough journey for anybody and as a family we had to relearn how to make him happy.

“To go through that journey and have him taken away so suddenly we felt we could still do more to help.”

Investigations into the suspected hit and run incident are still ongoing.

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