Clumber Park Draws More Than 5,500 For Memory Walk
More than 5,500 people from across Nottinghamshire and South Yorkshire united against dementia at Clumber Park yesterday (7th October).
Walkers of all ages wearing bright blue t-shirts formed a tide that swept through the grounds, determined to put dementia on the back foot.
Among people taking part was Kim Laughton (39), of Newark, with mum Margaret (74), who took the walk on in a wheelchair and cut the ribbon to start everyone on their way.
Accompanied by family friend’s Elford – a very friendly Labrador – they walked in support of friends and a family member who lived with dementia.
Mum Margaret said: “The last time a cut a ribbon I was seven years old.
“My dad was a lock keeper and the ceremony celebrated the opening of a new lock – it’s a privilege to do an encore years later for Memory Walk!”
Kim said: “Seeing so many people united against dementia, helping the Alzheimer’s Society to raise money for research is humbling and amazing,” she said.
Meanwhile, Jo Watts (40) and her husband Philip (52) chose an 8.5km stretch over a 2km stroll – despite him having undergone a heart transplant and Jo a pancreas and kidney transplant.
“So many families are being hit by dementia and what it’s doing to my wonderful mother-in-law kills me every time I see her.
“That’s why we had to be at Clumber Park, with all of these people you feel that you’re not alone. The support is wonderful.”
Jo, of Sutton in Ashfield, the office manager at radio station Mansfield 103.2, defied arthritis and painful fibromyalgia for the walk and said: “We just had to go for it!”
Scott Smith, Alzheimer’s Society operations manager, said: “Clumber Park coupled with our earlier Nottingham Memory Walk has attracted a total of more than 8,500 people.
“The number of walkers helping us to raise money reflects the reality that dementia is now the UK’s biggest killer, with someone developing it every three minutes.
“Dementia devastates lives; it slowly strips people of their memories, relationships and identities. People are uniting against dementia to fight for a better future.
“Every pound raised will help Alzheimer’s Society provide information and support, improve care and create lasting change for people affected by dementia.
“We are committed to spending at least £150 million over the next decade on dementia research to improve life today and find a cure for tomorrow.
“I would like to say a huge thank you to our magnificent walkers for their support.”
Anyone who missed out can even organise a walk, Your Walk, Your Way, to find out more go to memorywalk.org.uk
This year, Memory Walk aims to raise £9million with 40 walks nationally and has already brought together 100,000 walkers across the generations – more than ever before.
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