mandy & richard
After a night out in the Crazy Days nightclub in Sheffield, Mandy decided she liked the look of Richard in his trendy red Kickers and ran out after him and onto the bus…that’s where they met. A little time later, after Richard had been to work in France, he fetched her a huge sandwich and met her outside the Bassetts Factory. On her 21st birthday, they were married. Some 35 years on and despite everything they are planning their next holiday to the Greek Islands.
ann & alan
Ann and Alan met when they were teenagers at a bus stop and have been together ever since. Alan is proud to have walked the Great Wall of China in his lifetime and he still plays badminton when he can. Meanwhile Ann, now in her early 60s has set her sights on learning to drive. They both take a lot of joy from being at the head of a huge family of children and grandchildren.
louise & simon
Louise and Simon were childhood sweethearts who came back together a little later in life, and have now been together for 20 years. Simon has only just turned 50 and Louise has stopped work to enjoy their ‘retirement’ now. A former painter decorator, it’s no surprise that Simon greatly enjoys the odd art class, whilst Louise loves to get crafty. She even runs a monthly crafting club for all those affected by young onset dementia.
All of the couples are living with young onset dementia, but they are not defined by it.