Memory Walk 2016: A big thank you

Memory Walk 2016 was a huge success and Alzheimer's Society want to say a big thank you to everyone who joined in and walked for a world without dementia.

Chickens, Spice Girls, Zumba dancers - supporters came in many forms at Memory Walk 2016 and Alzheimer’s Society wants to say a huge thanks to you all. Everybody came together with happy faces and a determination to walk for a world without dementia.

Despite the heavens opening in Nottingham, Foyle and Norwich, your high spirits refused to waver.  We think it might have something to do with the thousands of adorable dogs who proudly joined the walks, motivating supporters with their cute factor.

Read this year’s Memory Walk highlights and take a look at the Flickr albums – you might just spot yourself in there. Then remember to pay in your sponsorship and register your interest for next year.

1. Animals stole the show

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Dogs turned up in their thousands, donning their special doggy bandanas. And yes, a chicken and a horse strutted their stuff too (there’s a joke in there somewhere).

2. Thousands of you walked to beat dementia

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It was fantastic to see such a large turnout, come rain or shine and more rain. With each step taken, you walked towards beating dementia!

3. Your feet must be tired

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On average, each person walked 5km, which is around 6600 steps, multiplied by 100,000 people. We hope you put your feet up with a cup of tea when you got home!

4. Our volunteers rock!

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Memory Walk 2016 wouldn’t have been such a massive success without our brilliant volunteers. From cheering on walkers to giving out medals, we really couldn’t have done it without them.

5. Will you help us raise £6.4 million?

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If everyone who walked donates, we hope to raise £6.4 million for people affected by dementia.

So please help and be sure to pay in your sponsorship. Already excited for next year? Register your interest and remember to bring your four-legged friends along.

 

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My daughter and I raised £328 between us walking for a world without dementia. It's the first time we have done the memory walk. The walk itself happened during the transition of mum (84 vascular dementia) having to go into full time care from rest bite. Have to say the many weeks of sadness with having to make this decision were totally irradicated the day we arrived at Heaton park. our spirits were lifted so much. Everyone was walking for someone so dear to them. It was lovely to see. As well as very touching. If I'm honest.. probably one of the best days ive had in over 3 years since mum was diagnosed. We've found that with dementia comes many tears but the memory walk made me forget all that. And put both me and Olivia my daughter on such a high weve planned teams for next year and told all friends and family they are doing it with us! Truly an incredible day.. well done to everyone who set it up and a massive walk done to everyone who took part. Inc.. my poor self who did the last 1 1/2k with a bleeding toe...😢. But still the best day ever..!!!!

Toe-tally brilliant!

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