Actor and Time Team presenter Tony Robinson is urging Swindon and North Wiltshire residents to put on their walking shoes and support Memory Walk. In its tenth year, Memory Walk is Alzheimer’s Society’s biggest annual fundraiser. Swindon’s local Memory Walk will take place on Sunday 30 September 2012.
Tony is asking families and individuals to step out for a few hours and raise money to help support local people with dementia and their carers. A variety of entertainment and refreshments will be available making it a day to remember for the whole family.
Tony, who is an Alzheimer’s Society Ambassador, said:
‘I’ve spent a lot of time being angry at dementia. How dare it take away my mum and my dad? One of my frustrations is the fact that we do not talk about it enough. That’s what is so uplifting about taking part in Memory Walk – sharing our experiences with others who are going though the same thing and raising money for local people with dementia.’
There are over six and a half thousand people with dementia in Wiltshire. The money raised from Memory Walk will help to fund vital services for them and their carers such as Home Support, therapeutic “Singing for the Brain” sessions and Carers support groups and helplines.
This year’s Swindon and North Wiltshire Memory Walk takes place in the beautiful Lydiard Park Swindon. It will be starting at 1pm and is open to people of all ages, from children to grandparents.
Adrian Williams, Community Fundraiser for Alzheimer’s Society in the South West, said:
“Memory Walk is a fantastic way to spend a Sunday. Families, friends, colleagues and individuals can walk together to raise money to help local people with dementia. Additionally an array of entertainment and delicious refreshments will be available making it a day to remember for everyone who takes part.”
‘Thanks also to the support of BUPA, Memory Walk is able to support more people living with dementia in Wiltshire through the vital funds that are raised.’
To register for your local Memory Walk visit memorywalk.org.uk and click on the link to the North Wiltshire and Swindon Walk.