A ROMSEY woman is aiming to raise £600 for the Alzheimer's Society with a unique challenge.

Tracey Fripp is writing a poem a day until her 60th birthday in March. 

She started on January 11, meaning she will have written 60 poems by her birthday.

Tracey told the Advertiser she decided to raise funds for the Alzheimer's Society after her mother-in-law died from the disease and her own mother was diagnosed. 

She said: “I wanted to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s research, having experienced the impact of the disease personally. My mum has both Alzheimer’s and dementia-far progressed – and is cared for in a local care home.

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“After she was diagnosed, my mother-in-law, who was a fit and healthy 80-year-old, suddenly contracted vascular dementia, passing away just seven months later.

“Both experiences have been heartbreaking and shocking in equal measure. 

“This dreadful disease touches so many families who, before their experiences, could never imagine that feeling of losing someone you love, bit by bit on a daily basis.

“Naturally, we’d all like to see a time when research provides a cure to this illness. 

“Whilst I’d like to raise funds for Alzheimer’s research, highlighting knowledge about the disease is also important to me.

“Celebrating a landmark birthday in March, seems like a good time to do this. I’m not a marathon runner and struggled initially to think of an appropriate challenge. 60 days of poetry felt right. I enjoy writing, and hopefully, sharing poems that may resonate with others, will grab peoples attention.”

Tracey is posting the poems on an Instagram page instagram.com/60daysofpoetry?igsh=MTJoamgxbnVzNWtkNw%3D%3D.

To donate to the fundraiser, visit justgiving.com/page/tracey-fripp-1701615032899.