Doreen steps out in aid of Alzheimer’s charity

A WOMEN who wants to raise money for a dementia charity is the latest person to sign up for the Waendel Walk.

The 33rd annual event will take place in Wellingborough from Friday, May 11, to Sunday, May 13.

Doreen Cartin, 69, of Higham Ferrers, will be taking part in the event with family friend Joshua Gardener, 15.

Her husband Billy, 75, developed dementia two years ago and his plight has inspired them to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society.

She said: “I enjoyed taking part in the Waendel Walk last year. All of the money that I raise will go towards helping other people with dementia to enable them to spend more time with their families.”

Wellingborough Council organises the event, and officials are urging people to sign up now.

Cllr Peter Morrall, chairman of Wellingborough Council’s community committee, said: “Registration is going really well and it’s already looking like this year’s event is going to be as popular as previous years, if not better. Online registration is open until Wednesday, May 9, and people that sign up this way will get discounted fees and save themselves a long queue on the day. The whole weekend puts Wellingborough on the map and as always we are already attracting lots of visitors from different countries as well as closer to home.”

The weekend of walking, cycling, swimming and entertainment will begin with an opening ceremony and parade at 6pm on Friday, May 11, and two friendship walks of 5km and 10km. On Saturday, May 12, and Sunday, May 13, walks will take place ranging from 5km to a marathon-distance 42km. There will also be free entertainment all weekend at The Castle theatre.

To register online for any part of the weekend people can visit the website

To sponsor Mrs Cartin, send a cheque made payable to the Alzheimer’s Society to Doreen Cartin, 20 Elizabeth Way, Higham Ferrers, NN10 8JR.