Wellingborough woman urges others to join her on Memory Walk

The Memory Walk is a day to celebrate loved ones who are affected by dementia and raise money for charity
The Memory Walk is a day to celebrate loved ones who are affected by dementia and raise money for charity

A Wellingborough woman whose nan had dementia is calling on people to take part in the Alzheimer’s Society’s biggest fundraising event of the year,.

Memory Walks take place this autumn across the UK, with one of the nearest to this county happening in Bedford on Saturday, October 10, at Priory Country Park.

Morag Strathern, 22, whose nan, Edith, 80, died recently having had Alzheimer’s for eight years, is urging people to register for the Bedford event at memorywalk.org.uk.

She said: “After my nan was diagnosed my grandad and my mum became her carers.

“She and my grandad had been married for more than 60 years and he had to witness his best friend be stripped away by this awful condition.

“Dementia doesn’t just affect the person living with the condition, it also has a huge impact on the family and friends around them.

“My family and I are walking Bedford Memory Walk together in memory of my amazing, beautiful nan.

“It is so important that the right care and support is available to people, and that research continues to progress.”

More than 60,000 people are living with dementia in across the East Midlands.

Alzheimer’s Society community fundraiser for Bedfordshire Marc Shaw said: “Our Memory Walk last year showed the great community spirit that exists here in Bedford.

“We hope people will be more determined than ever in signing up this year to raise vital funds for research and services for those affected by dementia.”

Alzheimer’s Society provides a wide range of support across the area including dementia support workers, singing for the brain music sessions and activity groups, helping both carers and people with dementia.

Bedford Memory Walk will take place around Priory Country Park and is a great opportunity for people to come together, celebrate someone special, share their experiences and fight dementia.