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Tuesday 16 September 2014

Walk in memory of Alzehimer's sufferer Peggy Mangan will help raise vital funds

Published 07/08/2014 | 12:06

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A second walk organised by the Peggy Mangan Foundation will take place next month, retracing the steps tragic Peggy took with her beloved dog Caspar prior to her tragic death.

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The foundation, which was set up by Peggy’s daughters Orla Lynch and Louise Hollywood following their mother's death, aims to support Alzheimer’s sufferers and prevent similar tragedies.

Peggy (65), who suffered from the condition, went missing after setting out for a walk with her dog Casper in September 2013.

A massive search, comprising of Peggy's family, friends and volunteers, was mounted to find the pensioner.

Sadly, her body was found four days later, some 9km away from her home close to IKEA in Ballymun, North Dublin. She died from hypothermia.

Her dog Casper stayed by his owner's side for four days, never leaving her.

Sadly, he passed away 12 hours after Peggy's body was found.

The Peggy Mangan Foundation Walk will depart from Scouts Hall on Mount Argus Road Terenure and finish at the carpark in IKEA, Ballymun.

More than 500 people attended a walk in aid of the foundation last December, which aimed to raise money for GPS tracking systems to be utilised by Alzheimer’s sufferers like Peggy.

“We realised how many people are behind closed doors suffering with Alzheimer’s and I think that is what brought them all out - knowing the desperation of trying to find somebody,” said Peggy’s daughter Louise.

The charity is now focusing on raising funds for a mobile outreach unit to provide information and support to Irish families dealing with Alzehimer’s. The unit will be available in villages, farmers markets and shopping centres throughout the country.

The Peggy Mangan Foundation also funded the training of a dedicated search and rescue dog, Max, for the Dublin Civil Defense.

The walk will be held on September 20.

For more information visit www.peggymangan.ie

Irish Independent

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