Actress and Alzheimer’s Society ambassador Carey Mulligan joined over 1,700 participants at Swansea Memory Walk as they walked to fight dementia.
As well as taking part in the 10km Memory Walk, the Bafta-winning actress opened the event at Swansea Marina which is expected to have raised tens of thousands of pounds for people with dementia and their carers.
Carey was joined on the day by her mother Nano Mulligan and her grandmother, Nans, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2002 when Carey was a teenager. Margaret lives in a care home in Pontardawe.
‘It has been inspirational to see so many people of different ages come together today to fight dementia. I only ever had experience with Nans and how she went through it, but when you meet other people, you realise how different it is from person to person. It’s such an individual thing and that’s a reminder about how unique everyone is and how important it is to respect each person for who they really are.
‘Our family lives with dementia and we have seen how devastating it can be. I can’t imagine how we would deal with it if we didn’t have the help that we have – the amazing home that Nans is in and the incredible support of Alzheimer’s Society.’
Memory Walk is Alzheimer’s Society’s flagship fundraising event which sees walks taking place around the UK throughout the autumn. It is a day to walk, share and celebrate someone special and everyone walks with one common goal: to defeat dementia.
Alan Drury, Community Fundraiser for Alzheimer’s Society, said:
‘Today has been a huge success and I would like to say thank you to everyone who took part. I would also like to thank Alzheimer’s Society staff and volunteers, who helped to organise the event.’