A RESIDENT in a Wellington care home has inspired a charity-boosting marathon run to help support the Alzheimer’s Society.

Ricky Butt, 43, took on the London Marathon after being inspired by Camelot House resident Nigel Howe.

Former footballer Nigel was diagnosed with dementia in 2020, and has been living in the specialist dementia care home for three years.

Ricky, site manager for Taylor Wimpey, said: “Some of my close friends have been impacted by dementia, so it seemed more than apt to raise money for the Alzheimer's Society.

“I have seen first-hand the devastation that this horrible illness has caused to both the families and their loved ones.

“It has been a struggle to watch the deterioration of Nigel over the years and the effects it has had on those closest to him.

“I recently had the pleasure of visiting Nigel and let him know I was running the London Marathon to which he gave a big thumbs up.”

To date Ricky has helped raise almost £4,000 for the charity. He added: “I have been attempting to enter the race for the past 14 years, so was absolutely thrilled when I won a place and run for the Alzheimer's Society.

“Although I am a regular runner, I cannot lie, the training over the last six months has been tough especially as the mileage increased.”

Sam Paddon, head of care at Camelot House and Lodge, praised Ricky’s dedication: “Ricky's decision to take on the gruelling challenge of running the London Marathon speaks volumes about his character and empathy.

“His efforts are not just about completing a marathon, but also raising awareness, funding research, and providing support to those affected by the condition.” 

Mr Howe, formerly of Tiverton, played for a string of football clubs in his younger days, including Elmore FC, Tiverton Town and Willand Rovers. He also helped to found the Moors Youth Football Club.

Camelot House and Lodge is run by specialist dementia care provider Camelot Care who also have homes in Bridgwater, Plymouth, and Yeovil www.camelotcare.co.uk.