Leeds couple will walk then wed

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A devoted couple will be taking part in the Alzheimer’s Society Leeds Memory Walk just days before they are due to be married.

Christine Boushaba and Taffy Sharlotte, who has early onset dementia with Lewy bodies, will be raising funds for the charity at Roundhay Park on Saturday, September 5.

They will tie the knot at Leeds Town Hall ten days later.

The couple, of Stocks Rise, Leeds, got together three years ago – even though Miss Boushaba gave her groom-to-be, now 62, the brush off when they first met decades ago.

Miss Boushaba, 58, said: “He’s always said he wanted to marry me and the specialist said you’d better do it sooner rather than later. We are marrying while Taffy can still recognise me.

“He is such a lovely person, there is nothing too much trouble for him. He can’t pass anyone who is homeless without putting his hand in his pocket to help. He opens doors for me and every day without fail tells me he loves me.”

As a result of the dementia, Mr Sharlotte, who worked as a warehouseman until being forced to give up his job in January, started seeing people who were not there, suffers short term memory loss, and gets dressed to go out in the middle of the night.

He now regularly visits the Armley Grange Day Centre for people with early onset dementia.

It is one of several facilities run by the Alzheimer’s Society in Leeds. The charity also organises dementia cafes, singing for the brain and dementia support workers to help carers and people with the illness.

Visit memorywalk.org.uk to sign up to the memory walk.