This week's readers' letter: Walking to beat dementia

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Thursday, 12th August 2021, 9:00 am
Vicky McClure urges South Yorkshire to step up to help beat dementia

For over a decade, I have joined thousands of Alzheimer’s Society fundraisers who lace up their boots each autumn to complete a Memory Walk in support of those living with dementia and their families.

Last year, while we couldn't walk together in person, I was determined that the circumstances wouldn't prevent me and my family from walking in memory of my nana, and I was in awe of the sheer number of people who also stepped onto their local streets to raise vital funds for the charity.

This year, I am delighted to say that people can again unite at 20 locations across the UK, including Leeds and Hull, to create new memories together and support the 850,000 people in the UK who are currently living with dementia.

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With supporters also having the option to organise their own Memory Walk at a location of their choosing, there’s never been a better or more important time to get involved.

Over a year since the pandemic began, people with dementia in South Yorkshire are still bearing the brunt of coronavirus. Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Connect support services have been used over 5.5 million times since the pandemic began.

Sign up for free now at Memory Walk and with every step, you’ll help change the lives of people affected by dementia who need us now more than ever.

Vicky McClure

Alzheimer’s Society ambassador

Alzheimer's Society, 43-44 Crutched Friars, London