A DEVOTED son has stepped in to help a local dementia charity in support of his mum and in memory of his dad.

Port Glasgow man Eddie McAllister was moved to act after he lost his dad Terry very suddenly four months ago.

The 79-year-old had been caring for his wife Esther, 80, who was diagnosed with dementia two years ago.

Now the close-knit family are rallying around to help since his death.

Eddie went 'Sober in October' in aid of Alzheimer Scotland day care centre in Inverclyde.

Retired welder Eddie, who lives in Castlehill Avenue, said:"We were so shocked when my dad died.

"One minute he was putting on his bets at the bookies and the next he was gone.

"It was so sudden.

"He was caring for my mum, who has dementia.

"It is a terrible illness."

Eddie, who helps care for his mum along with younger sister Catherine, usually gives up drinking in October but this year he decided he could help a good cause in the process.

He said: "For the last couple of years I have given up my cans of cider in October.

"This year I decided to do it and raise money for Alzheimer's Scotland as well.

"I know they do some great work in the area and want to help."

With the help of his family, the dad-of-five set about raising £450.

He added: "I didn't really miss drinking at all."

Eddie's wife Joyce, 56, said: "I am so proud of Eddie.

"He is very quiet and just keeps himself to himself but he went away up to the centre and told them he was going to raise money."

Together with the help of his family, including sons David, Edward, Gary and daughters Nicole and Michelle and neighbours they collected £450.

They'd like to thank work colleagues of Edward who made a significant donation

Alzheimer Scotland runs a day care centre in Nicol Street and various projects across Inverclyde.

Centre manager Marie McEleny said: "We are so grateful for the support of Mr McAllister.

"We are very lucky to have the support of the community."