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Time to get the walking shoes on for Alzheimer Scotland's Memory Walk

By Alan Beresford

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NORTH-east residents are being asked to sign up to Alzheimer Scotland’s Memory Walk this year to raise funds for and vital awareness of dementia in Scotland.

Alzheimer Scotland’s Memory Walk is taking place over three days this year.
Alzheimer Scotland’s Memory Walk is taking place over three days this year.

Scotland’s Memory Walk takes place on the weekend of September 16-18 and, similar to last year, a fundraising platform has been relaunched to ensure people taking part can feel connected and share their experience as one big community.

Participants can choose somewhere that has a special meaning for them at a time that suits them over the weekend.

The distance does not matter, whether it is 1km, 5km or 500km. It might even be a lap of the garden.

It is free of charge for everyone who takes part, although everyone is encouraged to raise as much as they can.

Participants will have the option to create a team with friends, family or colleagues and fundraise via their own personalised Memory Walk page.

This year, Scotland’s Memory Walk will be over three days, with the Friday giving workplaces the opportunity to pull together and do something good for charity.

Every penny raised as a result of Scotland’s Memory Walk will go directly towards the support Alzheimer Scotland offers across Scotland, including their 24-hour freephone Dementia Helpline at 0808 808 3000.

Emma Gregg, Dementia Advisor for Moray, said: “We depend on fundraised money to run our range of innovative and personalised support services and Scotland’s Memory Walk is one of the biggest fundraising events we have.

“But it’s not just about the fundraising. Scotland's Memory Walk brings communities together, children, adults and older adults.

“Many participants have something in common; they are walking for someone they care about, a person living with dementia, a carer or in memory of a loved one.

“We hope Scotland’s Memory Walk gives people the chance to honour their loved ones and feel connected to the dementia community across the country.

“It doesn’t matter where you are, or your ability, you can take part and help us to fulfil our mission to make sure nobody faces dementia alone.”

Kirsty Stewart, Alzheimer Scotland Stakeholder Engagement Executive Lead, added: “I am delighted to be welcoming back Alzheimer Scotland’s annual Memory Walk.

“Now in its fifth year, it is a great opportunity to bring the dementia community together; to be able to connect, celebrate, raise awareness, remember loved ones and show support for people living with dementia, their family members and carers.

“It’s only with the help of our incredible supporters that we can continue to be there for people living with dementia and their families.

“This event always brings with it a sense of hope, reinvigoration, and community that I can’t wait to get involved with again this year. I look forward to seeing those that regularly support our Memory Walks, and hopefully meet a few new faces, too.

“Together we can make sure nobody faces dementia alone.”

To sign up to Scotland’s Memory Walk, visit memorywalk.alzscot.org

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