Photo of Gemma Watkins and Terry the dog at the Swansea Memory Walk launch
Terry the dog, and his owner Gemma Watkins, are encouraging people to sign up to Swansea Memory Walk, which takes place on Sunday 5 October 2014 in front of the National Waterfront Museum.
The pair from Waunarlwydd, joined Alzheimer's Society staff and volunteers this week to encourage people to sign up to Alzheimer's Society's Swansea Memory Walk, which starts at 11am on Sunday 5 October 2014 in front of the National Waterfront Museum, Swansea.
Memory Walk is Alzheimer's Society's flagship fundraising event which sees walks taking place around the UK throughout the autumn to raise money for people affected by dementia and their carers. It is a day to walk, share and celebrate someone special and everyone walks with one common goal: to defeat dementia.
31 year-old Gemma Watkins, originally from Morriston, is taking part in the walk in memory of her Nan, Hilda Hill, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2002 and passed away at the age of 80 in January 2008.
Speaking about Memory Walk Gemma said:
'Alzheimer's Society gave my Nan ongoing support when she was diagnosed with this illness. They provide an invaluable service to those living with dementia, and their families, and I wanted to support their work on a continuing basis. I have entered the Swansea Memory Walk each year for the past four years to help raise funds for their amazing work. I know that one day a cure for this cruel illness will be found, and I want to be part of making this happen.
'Swansea Memory Walk is a fun day that brings everyone together for a fantastic cause. If people haven't signed up already, I recommend they do.'
From a four year old to their 80 year old granddad and his dog, Memory Walk sees whole families coming together to fight dementia. Participants at the Swansea Memory Walk can choose between a gentle 2km route or a more challenging 10km one. Both walk routes start together at the National Waterfront Museum and take in some of Swansea's proud heritage as you wander around the flotilla of boats and quirky cafés in the Maritime Quarter.
Once all walkers have weaved through to the seafront, the short walk takes a circular route back to Museum Park while the long route continues along the Promenade giving walkers the opportunity to enjoy the views and atmosphere of beautiful Swansea Bay, returning when they reach Blackpill Lido.
Alan Drury, Community Fundraiser for Alzheimer's Society in Wales said:
'People take part in Memory Walk for a number of reasons. Some people walk to be among others who truly understand and some walk to celebrate loved ones. Either way, we are all walking in October with one common goal and that's fighting dementia.
'Memory Walk is also an excellent opportunity for families and friends to get together and enjoy a day to remember with lots of entertainment and refreshments. Each year the Swansea Memory Walk is bigger than the year before and raises even more money. We don't want this year to be any different and are hoping even more people will sign up and help make it a day to remember.'
Live music and entertainment including Samba Galêz, Circus Eruption, fundraising stalls, face painting and hot tasty refreshments will be on offer all day at Museum Park, ensuring it is a day to remember for the whole family.
For more information about the walk, which starts at 11am on Sunday 5 October 2014 in front of the National Waterfront Museum, or to sign up, please visit memorywalk.org.uk/swansea
Call for volunteers
Alzheimer's Society is looking for volunteers on the day of the walk to help steward walkers along the route and provide encouragement. They would be needed from 9am until roughly 4pm on Sunday 5 October 2014. Please contact Alan Drury for more info on 02920 475579 or by emailing email@example.com
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