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    Weʼve raised £2,364 to help Mick Bonser achieve his final 'Bucket List'. Mick, 54, has terminal Alzheimer's and has only a short time to fulfil his dreams

    Funded on Friday, 31st December 2021

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    Mick was diagnosed with terminal Alzheimer's in 2018 following a spate of grand mal epileptic seizures. Over the last 3 years, Mick's condition, as you would expect with Alzheimer's, has deteriorated rapidly. Whilst his life prognosis is (with Alzheimer's expectancy) 8 years, in those 8 years he will be very quickly limited to what he can and cannot do both mentally and physically. To be diagnosed with a disease that is normally associated with senior adults was devastating for Mick and his family, and has turned their lives on a sixpence. The daily challenges that the disease brings, not only for Mick, but for his family and his carers is extremely challenging. To add to the limitations of the disease Mick, realistically, only has 12-18 months to fulfil his lifelong dreams and create memories with and for his family.

    Mick plays a big part in Vicky McClure's Dementia Choir and both he and his wife Karen contribute to the running of the Choir and raise funds for the members and the ongoing objective of supporting those living with dementia with the power of music. You can follow their story on BBC i Player. Being part of the Choir is a big part of his 'Bucket List' with the performances, the lifelong friendships and the support they give to every family involved. With this in mind, a percentage of donations made from this fundraising will be donated to the choir at Mick's request.

    As the current care system and medical research for all of those living with Alzheimer's is not in line with some other life limiting diseases, there is sadly no cure at present. In addition to that, the care for those living living with the disease is often left to families with limited support from social care and the NHS. Therefore, Mick's wife, Karen has been forced to take early retirement at age 55 to enable him to live at home and be cared for, as there is no other suitable care for him at present, due to his young age.

    Over the next year, Karen and the team of carers, friends and family she has around her will be planning to help Mick achieve his, somewhat modest, 'Bucket List', in addition to helping him raise funds for the Dementia Choir. The list is not extensive, but the plans would benefit from support due to the timeframe that it needs to be completed and within the constraints Mick has been given.

    Here are the things we have planned or are in the process of planning:

    Yacht sailing on Windermere with a personal gourmet meal cooked by the Skipper! - This is something Karen and Mick did on their honeymoon and Mick wants to relive the moment!

    Shark Fishing - Mick loves his fishing and has always wanted to catch a shark - so off to Wales he is going to see if he can bring one in !

    Abseiling - Mick wants to abseil down a famous building. Karen is adamant this one is not for her - so it is planned that Vicky McClure will be doing this with him as part of the next series of Our Dementia Choir.

    Finally, over the years, Mick promised Karen he would take her on a River Cruise when they retired. So, with Mick's input Karen and Mick's carers are starting to plan this with (for) him, as their retirement plans they actually wanted have now gone out of the window, and this will be the holiday he had dreamed of creating.

    Obviously, COVID restrictions and lockdowns, alongside the time limit Mick has, does not help to spread this bucket list over a long period, and so we are in a race against time to ensure that he can safely carry out his dreams and enjoy them to the best of his ability.

    We hope you feel you are able to contribute and support Mick on his adventures and follow his last journey fulfilling his final dreams.

    Thank you



    • Karen Bonser1 month ago
      Karen Bonser

      Karen Bonser

      1 month ago

      We want to wish everyone that has supported and continues to help us as a family, a very peaceful Christmas and a Happy New Year. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for everything you have done for Mick. Christmas can be a hard time for those living with dementia and their carers and families. We send all our love to everyone that is living with this dreadful disease - we all know it doesn't take a day off. Much love also to all those that have lost someone in this last year - in particular those in Our Dementia Choir. XX

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    • Karen Bonser2 months ago
      Karen Bonser

      Karen Bonser

      2 months ago

      Hi everyone! We are almost there with the BIGGER items on Mick's bucket list. Still the abseiling to organise yet! The cruise was wonderful and we couldn't have done any of this without you! We are out and about in Norfolk this week as one of Mick's bucket lists is to go to the Thursford Spectacular and Sandringham -planned for tomorrow and Saturday! We had a lovely walk on the beach yesterday - cold but really nice day! Thanks again guys and please keep sharing Mick's story! Lots of love xxx

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    • Karen Bonser4 months ago
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      4 months ago
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      Hi all, So thanks to all you guys we have now completed the river cruise for Mick. We would also like to thank Emerald Cruise Lines for their support for this bucket list item! So glad we did this now with him so that he could enjoy the experience of it all. Now onto the next couple of items which might take a bit more arranging - abseiling! may be that we have to pay for extra support for him to do it ... but we will hopefully be able to get this arranged soon. Thanks again for your continued support! Mick, Karen, & Hannah x

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    • Ann Bloor

      Ann Bloor

      Dec 24, 2021

      Hope this helps for you all to achieve every special memory you can. Amazing family !! Love you all loads xx


    • Sarah Rogers

      Sarah Rogers

      Nov 24, 2021

      The best to both of you. Hugs and blessings.Sarah


    • Elaine Stone

      Elaine Stone

      Nov 21, 2021


    • Les & Cathy

      Les & Cathy

      Nov 19, 2021

      Great to meet you both on the Emerald Cruise


    • Veronica and Colin

      Veronica and Colin

      Nov 18, 2021

      You and Mick definitely enhanced everyone’s cruise. Thank you and good luck to you both.


    • Elliott Sawyer family

      Elliott Sawyer family

      Nov 18, 2021

      Praying for you all. ❤️


    • Jan & Dave Spall (SOC)

      Jan & Dave Spall (SOC)

      Sep 29, 2021

      All the best for carrying out Mick's bucket list, we're sure you will make wonderful memories xxx


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