Sunderland worker and cricket fan plans to hit dementia for six

Peter Howells who is raising money for the Alzheimer's Society, in memory of his grandmother by taking part ion the Great North Swim, the Great Manchester Cycle and the Great North Run.
Peter Howells who is raising money for the Alzheimer's Society, in memory of his grandmother by taking part ion the Great North Swim, the Great Manchester Cycle and the Great North Run.
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A CRICKET-LOVER swapped his bat for a wetsuit in memory of his beloved Gran.

Peter Howells, a project manager at Sunderland-based development company Elliott Dent, will be swimming, cycling and running to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society.

The 31-year-old, who plays cricket in the Dukes North East Premier League for Stockton, wants to support the charity in memory of his late grandmother, Phyllis Eastwood, who lived with dementia before her death at the age of 87. Peter completed the Great North Swim in Lake Windermere and the Great Manchester Cycle on Sunday, June 30, along with the Great North Run in September and is already well on his way to raising more than £1,000 for the charity.

The former Durham University student, said: “It was so very sad what happened to my gran while suffering from dementia and I want to do my bit for the Alzheimer’s Society in her memory.

“Dementia is an awful illness and sadly there is currently no known cure, but I would like to think my fund-raising efforts will help the Alzheimer’s Society eventually put that right.”

There are currently 33,334 people in the North East who have dementia and that number is set to increase to 41,958 by 2021.

To sponsor Peter or follow his progress visit his fund-raising page, www.justgiving.com/peterhowells-33 and follow him on Twitter @growler_33.