THE SONS of a BBC Radio 4 star have revealed their mum has been diagnosed with early on-set Alzheimers.
Rory and Finn Cargill are raising money to care for their mum, Susan Rae, 66, who spent 30 years as a presenter on the Beeb.
She was diagnosed last year, but her condition has since progressed and her family says they can no longer afford her care.
On a fundraiser page Rory and Finn explained: “Some of you know our beloved mum as BBC Radio 4's Scottish announcer, but many of you will have been on the receiving end of her kindness, wit and world-class brownies personally.
“In March 2022, our beautiful mum was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease.
“After over 30 years on air, the condition has left her unable to work. Our subsequent struggles to secure even the necessities for her have shown us up close how truly broken the care system is in this country — and how self-sufficient people fighting health conditions have to be without the nest egg we're presumed to have.
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“Mum has been living independently in a retirement community apartment since June 2022, but her needs have recently grown and the cost that comes with that is unaffordable to our family.'
They added: “We're turning to our friends and family to build a secure foundation of support.
“The figure proposed is based on the cost of a year of home-visit care and food delivery services. Any stretch figure will go towards saving for mum's future.
“Our mum has effortlessly made friends wherever she goes all her life.We hope this reaches as many of them as possible so we can send her a huge message of love.”
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Supporters donated in their hundreds, sharing emotional tributes to the presenter, with one penning: 'One of the most treasured voices on radio, and aye with a delightful twinkle in it.
'Wishing you all the very best, and with many, many thanks for all the beautiful broadcasting Susan contributed to.”
They have so far raised £27,569 of their £30,000 goal.
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