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Saturday 16 December 2017

Tragic Peggy's family to walk for Alzheimer's

A WALK will take place this weekend to help fund an Alzheimers outreach unit.

The event to remember Peggy Mangan, who died last year, and help those suffering from Alzheimers, takes place in Dublin tomorrow.

Peggy (65) went missing on September 24 last year and was found dead four days later with her loyal dog Casper by her side. Casper died a few hours afterwards.

Her daughter Orla Mangan told the Herald the Peggy Mangan Foundation hopes this weekend to raise the rest of the money needed to get an Alzheimers outreach unit on the road.

The Foundation was set up by Orla and her sister Louise after their mother's death.

Outreach

"We have €37,000 raised at the moment. It will be the first outreach unit Ireland and hopefully will help families with loved ones suffering from Alzheimers."

She explained that at the time her mother went missing there was no search dog in Dublin. "Now the Civil Defence have Max, who the foundation donated in April."

Orla said they were also pushing for protocol changes for a more rapid response when someone like their mother goes missing. "Every police station needs to follow the same rules."

The foundation has already met with Taoiseach Enda Kenny in February and are "due to meet him again soon", Orla added.

Peggy, who suffered from Alzheimers, left her home on Mount Tallant Avenue in Terenure for one of her many daily walks with her beloved dog Casper. Her body was found by a small group of volunteers on the far side of the city near Finglas four days later.

Faithful Casper was lying beside Peggy's body, weakened and badly dehydrated and within hours of help arriving, Casper too died.

Peggy's family believe a dog trained in search and rescue might have made all the difference when their mother went missing. In April they donated Max to the civil defence and in recent weeks Max has helped in the search for missing Finglas pensioner Thomas Kennedy (81).

The €37,000 already raised by the foundation amounts to just over one third of the money needed for an outreach unit.

Louise, however, is clear that they will not be stopping once that money is raised.

Donation

She stresses that the more people who take part in Saturday's walk the better. "Each walker means a donation to the fund that ultimately will give the chance of help to people who do not know where to turn when this insidious disease comes to be part of someone's life."

Peggy's family have a simple message: "Come for a walk with us, help support a family who have chosen to give back when they could have chosen to scream in frustration."

Saturday's walk takes the route Peggy and Casper used on their final journey. It leaves from Scout Hall between Mount Jerome and Mount Argus in Harold's cross at 11am, walking to Ikea in Ballymun. Full details on www.peggymangan.ie.

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