Alzheimer’s Research UK launches new flagship walking event

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By Arjun Sanganee | Wednesday 31 May 2023

Alzheimer’s Research UK, the UK’s leading dementia research charity, is launching a new flagship walking event in three locations this summer.

Walk For A Cure, the charity’s brand new event series, will start with three 5km fundraising walks in July in Lee Valley, London; Harrogate, Yorkshire; and Edinburgh, Scotland.

The family-friendly walks will bring people impacted by dementia together. Among those taking part will be Alzheimer’s Research UK supporter Olive Munro, who was diagnosed with vascular dementia in 2017.

 

Julia Sobik, Head of Sporting Events for Alzheimer’s Research UK, said:

“We are delighted to be launching our new Walk For A Cure event series in three stunning UK locations this summer.

“Almost one million people are living with dementia in the UK today, Tragically, not one of them will survive. Alzheimer’s Research UK exists to change that.

“Come and join us on the Walk For A Cure.  Your support will fund pioneering dementia research, that will help us to save people from the heartbreak of dementia.”

The first walk takes place in Lee Valley Park, London, on Saturday 8 July, followed by a walk through The Stray in the heart of Harrogate on Sunday 23 July. The final walk of the series will take place in Holyrood Park, one of Edinburgh’s most iconic and beautiful locations, on Sunday 30 July.

A team from Alzheimer’s Research UK will be at each event, supporting you and providing information and guidance along the way. There will be lots of places to sit, before, during and after the walk. Water stops and support staff will be available across the events.

As well as walking together to support the charity’s drive to find a cure, there will be a host of activities to help people understand their brains and the things they can do to look after them in the village area including:

  • A large wooden brain sculpture to capture visitors’ thoughts and reflections on dementia.
  • A range of craft activities – colouring, making paper brain hats.
  • A giant game of ‘Brain Health Kerplunk’.

 

Alzheimer’s Research UK supporter, Olive Munro, lives in Perthshire and will be taking part in the Edinburgh event.

She said: “When I was told I had vascular dementia it was very upsetting. I am fortunate that I am currently still able to live life to the full.

“But I am constantly aware of my diagnosis and worried about how things will get worse.

“I know that developments in dementia research are likely to come too late for me, but I’m determined to do what I can to help scientists find a cure so future generations will not be affected.

“I have six grandchildren and I hope that in their lifetime’s dementia will become something that people no longer need to worry about. But this will not happen without support for research.

“That’s why I’m so excited to take part in Walk For A Cure and I hope lots of people will join me at the event in Edinburgh and attend the other events around the country.”

For more details of the events and to sign up visit:

ARUK | Walk For A Cure (alzheimersresearchuk.org)

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