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Bedford Memory Walk to be started by son of Thunderbirds creator

Jamie Anderson with his father, the late Gerry Anderson, creator of Thunderbirds.

Jamie Anderson with his father, the late Gerry Anderson, creator of Thunderbirds.

The son of Thunderbirds creator is to start the Bedford Memory Walk.

Jamie Anderson, 29, will be starting walkers off at Priory Park on Saturday, September 6. Jamie has been supporting the charity since 2012 when his late father, Gerry Anderson, revealed he was living with dementia.

However, Jamie believes the signs were there earlier.

He said: “I noticed the recurring symptoms of Alzheimer’s five or six years before my Dad was actually diagnosed with the disease and in hindsight, I wish we had sought help sooner.

“The changes in Dad’s behaviour were difficult to deal with, but it was amazing to join him at the 2012 Memory Walk in aid of Alzheimer’s Society.” Sadly later that year Gerry died.

The TV producer, whose career spanned six decades, is best known for creating the 1960’s classics Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet and Stingray.

Now his son Jamie is continuing his work with the charity.

He adds: “I am determined to keep his memory alive by being part of this year’s Bedford Memory Walk.

“Beyond all of his amazing television and film achievements I’m most proud of the fact my father raised over £1million for Alzheimer’s Society.

“I want Memory Walk to raise even more money for people with dementia and their carers so that we can work towards the ultimate goal of finding a cure.’

Jamie will be at Bedford meeting and greeting walkers and will then set them off on their journey, a two or 10 kilometre trek around Priory Park.

Memory Walk is the charity’s flagship fundraising event and last year raised £1.6 million pounds.

To register, find out more information and get some fundraising tips head to www.memorywalk.org.uk/bedford

>> Alzheimer’s Society research shows that 800,000 people in the UK have a form of dementia, more than half have Alzheimer’s disease. In less than ten years it is thought a million people will be living with dementia and this could reach 1.7 million people by 2051

The society champions the rights of people living with dementia and the millions of people who care for them, and has a plan to deal with dementia. The charity relies on voluntary donations. You can donate now by calling 0845 306 0898 or visiting alzheimers.org.uk

Alzheimer’s Society provides a National Dementia Helpline, the number is 0300 222 11 22 or visit alzheimers.org.uk

 

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