Memory Walks to help local families affected by dementia

Memory Walks to help local families affected by dementia

Wigan Warriors star Bevan French

Wigan Warriors rugby league star Bevan French helps promote this year's Memory Walk

Wigan Borough residents will come together later this month to walk for a world without dementia.

The borough’s annual Memory Walk celebrates its 10th anniversary with an extra special event at Haigh Woodland Park on Sunday 24 September.

The walk, which is organised each year by Wigan Council’s Be Well leisure and wellbeing service and has already attracted high-profile support from world athletics star Keely Hodgkinson and Wigan Warriors, aims to raise vital funds and awareness for the Alzheimer's Society.

As well as the main event at Haigh where there will be family-friendly activities including an orienteering challenge for children, there will also be a second, smaller event at Leigh’s Pennington Hall Park on Friday 29 September - with residents encouraged to sign up and put their best foot forward for an incredible cause.

Councillor Chris Ready, Wigan Council’s portfolio holder for communities and neighbourhoods, said: “The Memory Walk is always a wonderful occasion bringing people from across our community together in support of such a worthy charity.

“There are more than 900,000 people living with dementia in the UK and the Alzheimer’s Society does such tremendous work locally and nationally to help those individuals and families affected. However, this brilliant organisation needs our help to continue to provide that incredible support.

“We can all play our part, whether by making a donation - however big or small - or by getting friends or family to sponsor us on the walk.

“As well as raising as much money as we can, our Memory Walks are also a chance to share stories and special memories of loved ones who are no longer with us, so please come along and walk with us for a world without dementia.”

The Memory Walk is suitable for all ages and abilities with people able to choose one of two options; a short, accessible stroll that anyone can enjoy or a slightly longer route for those who fancy more of a challenge. All walks have an 11am start time.

Registration for the Memory Walk is free and anyone who signs up in advance will be guaranteed a certificate of participation which they’ll be able to collect on the day along with a pin badge and pen. Those who make a donation of £10 or more will also receive a Memory Walk tote bag.

Pauline Blackie, dementia advisor and dementia café co-ordinator for the Alzheimer’s Society in Wigan Borough, said: “Each and every step you take will help us provide a lifeline of support for people affected by dementia here in Wigan Borough.

“At Alzheimer’s Society we offer friendly support through a range of virtual and in-person services, including our dementia support line (0333 150 3456), our online forum ‘Talking Point’, our Wigan Borough dementia cafés and our community-based dementia advisers.”

You can sign up to take part in the Memory Walk via eventbrite:

Anyone who wishes to make a donation can do so via the official Just Giving page (external link).

For more information or to download a printable sponsorship form can be found on our Memory Walk 2023 webpage.

Posted on Monday 11th September 2023

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