Alzheimer’s Society memebers and supporters will be joined by TV personality, Sarah Travers at the Foyle Memory Walk this Sunday, 6 September at Ebrington Square.
Dementia can happen to anyone and there is currently no cure. But with the right support, people can live well with dementia.
There are currently 19,765 people with dementia in Northern Ireland, with 1,293 in Foyle alone and this figure set to rise as the population ages.
Alzheimer’s Society Ambassador, TV presenter Sarah Travers whose father Ian had dementia explained why she will be supporting this weekend’s walk.
‘Families living with dementia often feel isolated and detached from society, so walks like this are a great way for everyone to come together and raise money for people living with dementia. The Alzheimer’s Society can really help both people with dementia and their carers. My dad was a big supporter of the Memory Walk and attended at least two following his diagnosis. The charity was a valuable source of advice and support for my family. Mum and dad both benefited greatly from the activity groups and the early onset dementia support group set up in our area. I’m really looking forward to doing the walk this weekend, it’s a fantastic event and I know that every penny raised goes towards a great cause.’
Maeveen McNabb, Community Fundraiser for Alzheimer’s Society, said:‘We are delighted that Sarah Travers will be joining us at the weekend for the Foyle Memory Walk. It’s a day to celebrate loved ones affected by dementia, and raise money to help support research and services for people living with dementia.
‘People of all ages and abilities can join in, from grandparents to grandchildren, and even your furry four-legged friends! Each year Memory Walk is bigger than the year before and raises even more money. We don’t want this year to be any different.’
Walkers can chose between a short stroll around a 1km route or a longer walk of 10km, with fun activities and entertainment throughout the afternoon. Anyone who would like to know more about taking part in the Foyle Memory Walk or help out on the day, please contact Maeveen on 079 1229 5750 or email Maeveen.firstname.lastname@example.org