CATHY Normington is spreading elf and happiness to everyone throughout the Christmas season.

The Oxenhope mother-of-one is dressing as one of Santa’s little helpers for the whole of December to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society.

She’ll be taking regular ‘Elfies’ at places she regularly visits including food shopping, petrol stations, the bank, walking the dogs, and attending appointments with her five-month-old son George.

She said “No matter where I will be going, an elf outfit is what I will be wearing. I’m going to feel out of place in a few places, including my works Christmas do.”

Cathy, who is married to James, is currently on maternity leave from Spen Bearings, and wanted to do something a bit different in order to raise as much money as possible.

She chose the Alzheimer’s Society because dementia has touched several people in her life.

She said: “It’s heart-breaking watching someone you love change from being such a strong character to needing full-time care.

“I’m sure a lot of people can relate to, which is why I’m raising money so hopefully one day soon there will be a cure.

“I was very close to my grandad John Peacock who suffered with Alzheimer’s before he died, and I promised myself I would raise money in his memory.

“My Great Uncle Jack has recently also been diagnosed and is currently having a care plan put in place.

“What made me get my act together and do this is a close friend Leah Ogrizovic-Kerr, who regularly looks after her grandmother Carole who also suffers with dementia.

”They have one of the closest bonds and it’s so beautiful to see how Carole plays with Leah’s children – her great grandchildren – but at the same time how Leah now cares for Carole.

“They have the best times together, and they are always smiling, preforming songs in her living room and generally entertaining each other.”

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