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