Community comes together for 'absolute character' who suffered with Alzheimer's – St Helens Star

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Ken his with son Gareth and daughter Louise
THE PEOPLE of Garswood came out in force to celebrate the life of Ken Taberner last week, a much-loved character who battled with Alzheimer’s for the last decade of his life.
Raising money for Alzeihmer’s Society – a charity that funds essential research into the devastating condition – over 40 people walked through the streets of Garswood for Ken’s memory walk, travelling to notable landmarks in his life.
There was also a tombola event at the Railway pub on Station Road, helping to raise over £1385 for the charity.
Family, friends, colleagues and local people from the community all came out for the walk which visited the four houses Ken lived in throughout his life, as well as the old social club where he met his wife.
St Helens Star: The community of Garswood have raised £1385 for the Alzheimer's SocietyThe community of Garswood have raised £1385 for the Alzheimer’s Society
Ken’s daughter Louise explained that she was blown away by the support of the local community who came out to celebrate her dad’s life and raise money for a charity close to the family’s heart.
Louise, 44, said: “The people of Garswood really do get behind people and charitable causes, especially when its someone who has been affected locally.
“You hate it when you’re younger when you think everyone knows your business, but the village is such an amazing place to live and everyone looks out for each other.”
Ken, a coal-miner, retail worker and taxi driver, was described as an “absolute character that was loved by everyone”.
Born and bred in Garswood, all the “old guard” came out to remember Ken’s life, who was known for playing football for Garswood United and later bowls for Garswood Hall Bowling and Community Club.
St Helens Star: Ken became an avid bowler for Garswood Hall Bowling and Community ClubKen became an avid bowler for Garswood Hall Bowling and Community Club
Being such a well known character, Ken was also looked after by the local community as he walked around the village in his later years, being stopped for a chat or asked if he is okay.
The Taberner family is raising money for Alzheimer’s Society to try and improve research and treatments for the “horrendous” condition.
Battling with Alzheimer’s for 10 years, Ken “deteriorated quite a lot” during the last six years of his life, described as being particularly hard for his family to experience and see him slowly change.
St Helens Star: The Taberner familyThe Taberner family
However, with Ken’s memory walk planned to become an annual event, it is hoped that further research into alzheimers will eventually prevent families from experiencing this tragic ordeal.
To donate to the Alzheimer’s Society, visit this link
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