Memory walk around Priory Country Park to help dementia sufferers and their loved ones

Bedford Memory Walk - Morag Strathern as a baby with her mum and nan Edith who suffered from Alzheimer's
Bedford Memory Walk - Morag Strathern as a baby with her mum and nan Edith who suffered from Alzheimer's

The Alzheimer’s Society is calling on the public to sign up to their biggest fundraising event of the year, the Memory Walk.

Bedford Memory Walk is being held on Sunday, October 10 at Priory Country Park and is an opportunity for everyone to join together, celebrate loved ones affected by dementia, and raise money to fund research and services for people living with the condition.

Morag Strathern, 22, will be among those taking part in tribute to her nan, Edith, who died recently aged 80, having had Alzheimer’s for eight years.

She said: “After my nan was diagnosed my grandad and my mum became her carers. My grandad and her had been married for over 60 years and he had to witness his best friend be stripped away by this awful condition. Dementia doesn’t just affect the person living with the condition, it also has a huge impact on the family and friends around them.

“Myself and my family are walking Bedford Memory Walk together in memory of my amazing, beautiful nan. It is so important that the right care and support is available to people, and that research continues to progress.”

More than 60,000 people are living with dementia across the East Midlands.

Marc Shaw, Alzheimer’s Society community fundraiser for Bedfordshire said: “Our Memory Walk last year showed the great community spirit that exists here in Bedford. We hope people will be more determined than ever in signing up this year to raise vital funds for research and services for those affected by dementia.

“Alzheimer’s Society provides a wide range of support across the Bedford including dementia support workers, Singing For The Brain Music Sessions and activity groups, helping both carers and people with dementia.

“Bedford Memory Walk will take place around the beautiful Priory Country Park and is a great opportunity for people to come together, celebrate someone special, share their experiences and fight dementia.”

Anyone can register for the Bedford event at memorywalk.org.uk