A dedicated husband has raised an incredible £13,000 for the Alzheimer’s Society after his young wife was diagnosed with the disease.
Steve Boryszczuk, 46, has just completed a 100km trek along the Great Wall of China for his wife Michelle who started showing signs of the disease seven years ago, aged just 36.
Michelle is now in the final stages of the disease, which meant Steve found it hard to leave her behind.
He said: “It was very emotional.
“When I was away, Michelle wasn’t very well. A couple of days I was on the verge on flying home but I thought ‘I’ve got to get to the end’.
“I stayed up till 3am so I could talk to the care home to find out how Michelle was doing.”
While Steve was in China staff at the care home talked to Michelle every day about what he was doing and why he was not there to see her.
Steve said: “When I got back it was the best I’ve seen her.
“I think she was happy knowing I was back.
“I turned up at 8am and Michelle just smiled. We had a big cuddle and a big cry.
“She held my hand nearly all day.
“I know she knew who I was that day.”
Steve was one of 50 people from around the country who took part in the trek – and raised almost double the amount of anyone else.
And despite missing Michelle, Steve said he had an “awesome” trip.
He said: “It was absolutely awesome.
“It was probably the hardest walk I’ve ever done in my life, but I never gave up.
“I didn’t do as much training as I wanted and was really tired for the first three days, they were the hardest.”
Alzheimer’s Society director of fundraising Liz Monks said: “Steve’s story has moved many people to donate vital funds in the fight against dementia and we would like to thank him for giving his all to support Alzheimer’s Society.
“Like his wife Michelle, there are currently 17,000 people under the age of 65 who are living with dementia in the UK.
“As a charity, we rely on the generosity of individuals like Steve to be able to continue to support people with dementia and their carers today - and fund research to find a cure for tomorrow.”
And Steve is already planning on doing another charity trek next year - he wants to raise even more cash for the charity.
To make a donation go to justgiving.com/steveboryszczuk.