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Join A Walk to Remember

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Wiltshire charity Alzheimer’s Support is looking for walkers to take part in its annual sponsored walk in June.

The 8.5-mile Walk to Remember takes starts in Warminster Park and the route takes in some of Wiltshire’s loveliest countryside as it leads up and around historic Battlesbury Camp hill fort. There is also a family-friendly Meadow Mile around a lake and nature reserve that is suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs. 

Both routes start and end at the park where the charity is throwing a free finish line Fun Day with live music, refreshments, stalls and attractions for the whole family.

Alzheimer’s Support CEO Babs Harris said, “We started A Walk to Remember in 2015 and this is the first time we have brought it to the Warminster area. It is a beautiful route and there are amazing views from the top of Battlesbury Hill. 

“The town has been incredibly supportive of our new Dementia Centre and Old Silk Works Club so we wanted to do the walk and to host a fun day at the same time – as a thank you and celebration. 

“A Walk to Remember is a major fundraiser for our work in Wiltshire. We hope all our walkers will seek some sponsorship – they will be supporting people with dementia with every step!”

The walk is on 22nd June and costs £10 to enter (£5 for under 14s) and all walkers will receive a Walk T-shirt and medal. Sign up or find out more at www.alzheimerswiltshire.org.uk.

About Alzheimer’s Support 

Alzheimer’s Support is an independent charity with its head office in Trowbridge, founded in 1990.

• They operate throughout Wiltshire to provide flexible services for people living at home with all types of dementia and their family carers.

• Their services include: award-winning daycare, support at home, carers’ groups, carer training, Music for the Mind singing groups, memory cafes, art groups, Movement for the Mind exercise groups, discussion groups, wildlife clubs and life story groups.

• Their Dementia Advisers give information and signpost to services that offer support to people with dementia and their families throughout the course of the illness.

• They support communities, businesses and organisations to become dementia-aware.

• They campaign on issues that affect people with dementia and their families.

• They employ 150 staff and have more than 160 volunteers. 

There are more than 7,000 people living with dementia in the Wiltshire CCG area. 

• Of these 66 per cent have a diagnosis. 

• The number of people living with dementia in Wiltshire is expected to rise by 44 per cent by 2021.

Dementia affects 850,000 people in the UK. 

• It is a progressive condition affecting memory, thinking and reasoning and communication.

• The majority of people with dementia are older, with one in 20 people over 65, and one in 5 over 80 affected.

• Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia.