Actress and Loose Women presenter Lynda Bellingham is urging Yeovil residents to put on their walking shoes and support Memory Walk. Memory Walk is Alzheimer’s Society’s biggest annual fundraiser. Yeovil’s Memory Walk will take place at 11am on the 22nd September 2012 at Yeovil Country Park.
Lynda is asking families and individuals to step out for a few hours and raise money to help support local people with dementia and their carers. A variety of entertainment and refreshments will be available making it a day to remember for the whole family.
Lynda, who is an Alzheimer’s Society Ambassador, said:
‘My Mum had Alzheimer’s so I know how devastating its impact can be – not only on the person who has been diagnosed but also on their family and friends.
‘Alzheimer’s Society helps families and friends enjoy their time together so that they can share their happy memories for as long as possible. That’s why I am encouraging you to take part in Memory Walk 2012 and help raise money to support local people with dementia.’
There are and estimated 8,835 people with dementia in Somerset. The money raised from Memory Walk will help to support them and their carers.
This year’s Yeovil Memory Walk takes place in Yeovil Country Park starting at 11am and is open to people of all ages, children to grandparents. If you have not already previously registered then please arrive at 10am. Pre-registered walkers will receive a goody bag.
The Mayor of Yeovil will start the walk which is approximately 2 miles long with the option of walking up over Wyndham Hill.
The walk is very scenic including a lake which supports swans, ducks, etc. and is mostly along the paths of the country park. There are a number of park benches where you can rest and take in the splendid sights of the fauna and flora.
There will once again be the memory tree which proved very popular last year and a raffle.
Jill Lock, Support Service Manager for Alzheimer’s Society in Yeovil said:
‘Memory Walk is a fantastic way to spend a Saturday. From a four year old to his 80 year old gran and her dog, memory walk sees whole families coming together to fight dementia. Additionally an array of entertainment and refreshments will be available making it a day to remember for everyone who takes part.
‘Thanks to the support of Bupa Care Homes, Memory Walk is able to support more people living with dementia in Somerset through the vital funds that are raised.’
To register for the Memory Walk visit memorywalk.org.uk /yeovil
To speak to a person affected by dementia or to find out more about plans for the day please contact the Yeovil office on 01935 473597 or [email protected]