Over £1,000 has been raised by a team of local walkers who joined forces to raise vital funds for Alzheimer’s Society Cymru as part of the charity’s season of Memory Walks.
Volunteer organiser Rachel Twiss, supported by Wrexham Dementia Friendly Community Steering Group, Alzheimer’s Society Cymru, Ian Lucas MP, Home Instead, Walkabout Wrexham, Ramblers Cymru and Erddig National Trust estate organised a 4.5km fundraising walk through the wonderful Erddig Estate on Sunday 10 September.
There are currently 45,000 people living with dementia in Wales, half have yet to receive a formal diagnosis. It is estimated that by 2055 there will be over 100,000 people living with dementia in Wales.
The Memory Walks aim to bring together people of all ages and abilities to raise money to help support people with Dementia.
Rachel said: “Everyone seemed to really enjoy the event and I was very pleased with the support that was received from all who helped with the organisation of the Walk and the 75 walkers who attended on the day. The weather was very kind to the 75 walkers who took part!
“I’m really proud that all our efforts will help Alzheimer’s Society Cymru to support and connect with more people affected by dementia through their services and help fund research to one day find a cure for this devastating condition.”
Ian Lucas MP said: “This walk was wonderful to take part in, and I would like to thank Rachel for her work – and thank everyone else who helped and took part.
“It is part of a wider picture of hard work being done by people in Wrexham to assist people affected by dementia – and we can all do something to help.”
Ruth Owen, Community Fundraiser for Alzheimer’s Society Cymru in North Wales added: “We are extremely grateful to the Wrexham Memory Walk organisers for all of the time and energy that has gone into making Wrexham Memory Walk happen.
“Now that the finally tally has been counted, I am delighted to announce that Rachel has raised over £1,000. We’re facing an incredible challenge against dementia when one person every three minutes develops dementia and currently there is no cure.
“We’re here to change that, but we need the support of local people, businesses, and organisations more to unite with us as we take on dementia together.”
There are lots of way that you can get involved in Alzheimer Society’s fundraising activities; from running your local 5K to trekking the Great Wall of China, and cycling from London to Paris to parachuting, Alzheimer’s Society has a fantastic range of events both in the UK and abroad.
More information on how you can get involved can be found on the Alzheimer Society’s website.
Unite with us now at www.alzheimers.org.uk