Sale dementia research Champion’s debut book goes digital

Retired telecoms engineer Fred Walker, from Sale in Greater Manchester, has released an electronic edition of his popular debut book Alzheimer’s: An Engineer’s View, to raise further funds for Alzheimer’s Research UK.

Posted on 4th July 2014

Retired telecoms engineer Fred Walker, from Sale in Greater Manchester, has released an electronic edition of his popular debut book Alzheimer’s: An Engineer’s View, to raise further funds for Alzheimer’s Research UK. The e-book, released in paperback form in October last year, describes how Fred used his engineer’s natural logic to discover ordinary solutions to cope with the extraordinary challenges of his wife’s illness. Joan was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease at just 67. Co-authored with neurophysiologist Dr Chris Pomfrett, Alzheimer’s: An Engineer’s View also explains the possible reasons for the symptoms Joan experienced during her four-year journey with the disease. The e-book can be purchased for just £1.53, with all proceeds going to Alzheimer’s Research UK.

The grandad-of-six, a Champion of Alzheimer’s Research UK, hopes the latest incarnation of his book will also help him pass a major fundraising milestone for the charity. In the four years since he first supported the UK’s leading dementia research charity, the 76 year old has raised just shy of £20,000 – enough to pay for 1,000 hours of pioneering research.

Fred talked about his motivation for writing the book and supporting the dementia research experts, Alzheimer’s Research UK:

“For two years my family and friends had been asking me to write an account of the journey I made with Joan through Alzheimer’s disease. It wasn’t until Chris Pomfrett, a neurophysiologist, and I discussed the end product that he persuaded me to write the story and he would intersperse the probable neurological reasons for the symptoms. I wrote Alzheimer’s: An Engineer’s View for anyone who has anything to do with Alzheimer’s disease or the many other forms of dementia. It’s also a lasting tribute to my late wife who died in 2010. Everyone who buys a copy of the book, in digital or physical form, will help raise much-needed money for dementia research.

“When Joan was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, I was determined to care for her myself at home. To do that I stepped into her world and used my engineer’s mind to develop solutions to cope with her increasing needs, and the changes in her personality. She lost all her basic skills – how to wash and dress, how to eat, walk or even talk – there was no turning back. My book chronicles the fears and frustrations we went through together, the love and laughter and the tears and trauma.”

Fred added:

“The paperback edition of the book is selling really well, and has received a number of five-star reviews on Amazon. I’m hoping the digital version is equally well received and helps me pass my £20,000 fundraising milestone for Alzheimer’s Research UK. At just £1.53, it’s a great way for those who’ve never looked at an e-book to dip their toe into the e-book pond while also supporting this fantastic charity.”

Jodie Vaughan, Community Fundraising Manager at Alzheimer’s Research UK, said:

“We couldn’t be more grateful to Fred and his co-author and friend Chris for donating all the proceeds from the Alzheimer’s: An Engineer’s View to support our vital work. We’re confident the e-edition of this extremely insightful book will help raise lots more money towards much-needed research. Every £20 raised will pay for another hour of research, bringing us closer to finding ways to diagnose, prevent, treat and cure Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.

“There are hundreds of thousands of people across the UK living with dementia today, including almost 30,000 people in Greater Manchester. Dementia poses one of the greatest threats to public health how and in the future, but funding for research still lags far behind other serious diseases. We rely on our wonderful supporters like Fred and Chris to fund our world-class research.”

Both the digital (£1.53) and paperback (£7.50) editions of Alzheimer’s: An Engineer’s View can be purchased online through Amazon at http://amzn.to/1mv8r2k. Fred has written a blog about his book, which can be found at www.dementiablog.org/alzheimers-engineers-view

For more information about Alzheimer’s Research UK, or to find out more about fundraising for the charity, call 0300 111 5555 or visit www.alzheimersresearchuk.org

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