Rob will run Virgin London Marathon in support of former Bury St Edmunds headteacher

Robert Lawson with his father-in-law Brian Cash who has a rare form of dementia. Robert is running The London Marathon for The National Brain Appeal charity

Robert Lawson with his father-in-law Brian Cash who has a rare form of dementia. Robert is running The London Marathon for The National Brain Appeal charity

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The son-in-law of former well-respected head teacher Brian Cash will be running Sunday’s London Marathon to raise money for a charity which supports people with rare forms of dementia.

Brian, former headteacher at Westgate Primary School, Bury St Edmunds, had to retire in 2002 after being diagnosed, aged 56, with frontotemporal dementia - FTD which has been progressively worsening.

His son-in-law Robert Lawson, 43, has so far raised £2,000 towards The National Brain Appeal. In 2011 he ran his first marathon and raised £7,000 for the charity which helped fund the UK’s first Dementia Research Centre at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in London.

Robert, a chartered surveyor, has known Brian since his late teens having met his wife Niki when they were students at Reading University.

He said of his father-in-law: “I remember when I first met Brian. He was a very outgoing, larger than life character. It is heartbreaking to see how this disease is slowly but surely changing the man I’ve known for three decades. However Brian still continues to amaze us with all the things he is able to do.”

Brian, a father of four and grandfather to eight, continued to play and design Sudoku puzzles and built websites for charities after his diagnosis. He still plays plays croquet and attends Bury Leisure Centre who, along with the community, support him and his wife Yvonne. To donate to Robert’s marathon go to Marathon run