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Ruth Langsford Steps Out In Surrey To Support People With Dementia

Ruth Langsford Steps Out In Surrey To Support People With DementiaThis Morning presenter Ruth Langsford swapped the studio sofa for a Surrey Vineyard on Sunday (22 September) as she officially started the Denbies Memory Walk.

Ruth, who has been an ambassador for the charity since 2011, said:

‘It is an honour to be taking part in the Memory Walk here today at Denbies and to see all these people here to support the work of Alzheimer’s Society. Having lived through the experience with my dad I know how difficult it can be, not just for the person with dementia, but also those around them. It’s vital we keep on showing our support and come to wonderful events like this.’

The event is set to make around £30,000. Ruth added:

‘The money will be used to support people living with dementia and their carers. It will also help the charity fund medical research to find new and improved treatments.’

Around 300 people gathered at the start line at Denbies Vineyard on Sunday morning, among them were a few seated participants in the form of the Hogsback Chapter. The morning peace was interrupted by five leather clad bikers riding Harley Davidsons. There was also a chance for people to experience a Singing for the Brain session, a unique Alzheimer’s Society service which offer people with dementia the chance to reminisce through song.

Among the walkers were Samantha Hewson and her fiancé, both from Crawley. The couple were walking for their granddads Arthur and Jock. She said:

‘We’ve both got family members who have dementia so we’re stepping out today to contribute to Alzheimer’s Society, a great cause which supports people with the condition.’

Craig Smith and partner Cathy were walking in memory of Craigs’ mother who had dementia. The 43 year old from Leatherhead said:

‘We’re striding out today to make a better future for people with dementia. Moving forward we need to raise more awareness and get funding for a cure, so people don’t need to suffer like my mum.’

Denbies is one of hundreds of Memory Walks to take place throughout September. For the third year, the event has been supported Bupa Care Services, the company is donating £2.50 for every walker who completes the final mile of the walk. Isobel Head, from Bupa Care Services came along to the walk to show her support.

Hannah Miller the Surrey Community Fundraiser said:

‘Today has been a great success with so many people here supporting Alzheimer’s Society. I would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who came down, the volunteers, the walkers and of course to Bupa Care Services for all their help.’

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