Memory Walks get off to a flying start this year
This year's programme of Alzheimer's Society Memory Walks have got off to a flying start with more people than ever signing up to raise money for the charity and remember loved ones along the way.
31 Memory Walks will take place throughout September and October at locations across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and a further 15 north of the border, organised by Alzheimer Scotland.
Starting things off successfully on September 3rd was the London Memory Walk along the Thames, where 4,000 people joined together to take part , making it the biggest event the society has ever organised, raising a whopping £300,000.
Not to be outdone, a week later on September 11th, the Cardiff Memory Walk saw an incredible 3,500 participants turn up to support the event in Wales, and a further 3,000 walkers joined in at the Memory Walk in Nottingham's Wollaton Park the same weekend, despite heavy rain.
Organisers in Northern Ireland this coming weekend are similarly expecting a record turn-out for the Falls Park Memory Walk in Belfast which, now in its fourth year, continues to attract ever growing support.
And its not too late to lend your support.
You can still register to join in one of the many Memory Walks yet to be held.
Click here to visit the Alzheimer's Society website to see details of the dates and locations for memory walks yet to come.
Each Memory Walk has routes of differing lengths to enable as wide a range of people to get involved as possible. Many of the routes are wheelchair accessible and whole families are encouraged to get involved including children and even dogs.
The walks give people an opportunity to walk in memory of a loved one, to celebrate someone they know affected by dementia, or to create memories with family and friends. Although often emotional, the events are a tremendous source of inspiration as people come together to do something positive to support the Alzheimer's Society.
The Memory Walks are the biggest annual fundraising event for the Alzheimer's Society. This year's target is to raise more than £6.4million to provide services for people living with dementia, and to fund critical research.
From the money raised, £650 would pay for a brain scan to help diagnosis, £100 would allow someone with dementia to attend 10 Singing for the Brain sessions, and £20 would cover a month’s attendance at an Alzheimer’s Society’s dementia café.