TWO brothers from Ammanford set out on a 30 mile walk to raise money and awareness for Alzheimer’s Society last weekend.

On Saturday April 7, Mathew and Andrew Guerin began the walk in Llandybie outside of their childhood home.

Unfortunately, at the eight-mile mark, Mathew suffered an injury to his foot but was able to power through to 17 miles before he was unable to go any further. Andrew then ventured all the way up to their grandmother’s house in Cwmtwrch, who has alzheimer’s disease.

To prepare for the 30-mile walk, the pair have been in the gym and heading out on walks whenever they could.

Andrew ended the walk at Ty Dyffryn, Tirydail, where their mother, Mandy Guerin, is currently homed and cared for after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease two years ago at the age of just 53.

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia, symptoms can include memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language. The Alzheimer’s society are the UK’s leading dementia support and research charity and strives to help anyone affected by any form of dementia in Wales, England and Northern Ireland.

Mathew’s wife Sammyjoe said: “We’re grateful to the Alzheimer’s Society, they’ve been a great help for Mandy in sending members of the society to Ty Dyffryn for a coffee and a chat with her every week, it’s just extra support.

“It’s not just about raising money, we want to raise awareness of the disease, so people have a better understanding of it.”

Prior to the walk, Sammyjoe had helped her husband and brother-in-law in their goal of raising money and awareness by holding a bake sale in Ty Hafan on the day of the walk raising £63.

As well as this, Ammanford Nursery, where Mathew and Sammyjoe’s son attends, donated £100 to the cause.

The brothers’ JustGiving page has received a lot of donations and messages of support from family and friends, so if you would like to donate or find out more, visit