A Sidcup widow is pleading with members of the public to support a charity event held in memory of her 'miracle man'.

Staff at St Aubyn's nursing home in Priestlands Park Road will take on a three-mile fun run for Cancer Research UK and Alzhiemer's Research UK on May 4 as a tribute Alex Shepherd, who died last month aged 89.

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Mr Shepherd, who suffered from Alzheimer's dementia, was admitted to St Aubyn's when his wife of 62 years Joyce Shepherd, of Birchwood Avenue, became unable to look after him due to a broken hip.

Mrs Shepherd, who met her whilst he was working for the Australian High Commission said: "He lived at the home for about a year and was called their 'miracle man' as doctors thought he was certain to die one evening but the wonderful staff at the home enabled him to live for another year. 

"He had a busy and useful life, eventually interrupted by the onset of Alzheimer’s.

"Funds are urgently needed to find a cure for this awful disease."

To make a donation, visit:  uk.virginmoneygiving.com/StAubynsFunRun-Walk