On a very wet and grey day I went along the Greenhead Park today to support the Memory Walk and to take some photographs of some of those giving of their time to complete the sponsored walk.
A member of my own extended family has been affected by this condition in the last few years so it is something close to all our hearts in the family.
At about 1.00pm people began to assemble in the park, many wearing their “Alzheimer’s Support T–shirts” and readying themselves for the walk around the park.
After a briefing by the organisers the participants set off at 1.30, led out by a marshall in the obligatory “high viz vest” to do a circumnavigation of the park. Fortunately, by now the rain had stopped and there was the merest hint of sunshine……..so it must be true that “the sun shines on the righteous.”
The walkers were made up of old and young, parents with children, young children in groups, representatives of care homes and members of the NHS and even a number of dogs had joined in wearing their own T-shirts. Many wearing the names of family / friends pinned to their T-shirts who had been affected by this condition.
It was also noticeable that there were several families supporting elderly family members who suffered from Alzheimer’s but nevertheless had come along to participate in the walk.
It was a lovely sight to see, so many people giving of their time and many who had been sponsored by family, friends and work colleagues to raise funds for research into this debilitating condition.
On a personal note I do find it scandalous that the UK spends millions in overseas aid (often to corrupt regimes) and research into Alzheimer’s depends upon the good nature and charity of British people.
Anyway, after that rant I will leave you to see some of the photos I took today.