Davina McCall has filmed an heart-warming video message for her Instagram page, thanking the family friends that have helped her father since his diagnosis with Alzheimer's disease. She said during the clip: "I want to say a big thank you to the three Davids, the two Tonys, the Jeff and the John who take my dad to golf twice a week… my dad's got Alzheimer's and he loves going to golf with his mates – and I know this has got harder and harder, and they are so lovely to him."
Davina and her dad, Andrew
She continued: "Often my dad wins, and he doesn't know he's won! But they tell my dad that he's won. My dad's playing the best golf of his life actually, Alzheimer's has helped his golf immeasurably. You guys are absolute saviours and our whole family are so grateful to you. Thank you so so much."
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Davina has often spoken openly about her father's dementia, in a bid to raise awareness of the disease. She said of the diagnosis last year: "I have grieved the loss of my old dad. But we are forging a new relationship, a different one - one where perhaps he might need me more. Our dynamic has changed, but he's still my dad."
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The 50-year-old captioned her post: "Dad has always been a good friend to people ... the life and soul .. and it’s so heartwarming to see his friends rally round at his time of need .... so thank you .... David, David, David, Tony Tony, Jeff and John. If you think someone you love has Alzheimer's contact @alzheimerssoc they are amazing."
The presenter has spoken openly about her dad's dementia in the hopes of raising awareness
The presenter's loyal fans were quick to send their best wishes on the video, as well as share their own experiences. "I totally understand how important it is for a family member to continue doing the hobby they love pre Alzheimer's or dementia.. Especially having fantastic friends there with him... My mum was diagnosed at 62yrs young... We have days of despair but also days of sheer delight when she comes out with something funny," one follower replied.