Residents take to the streets to share dementia struggle
VOLUNTEERS took to the streets of Tytherington in support of a Dementia awareness campaign.
The participants - including former Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Corrigan - were involved in a the ‘Walk a mile in my shoes’ campaign which was organised by local carers who look after loved ones with demential.
It was organised by Jean Atherton and Pam Jagger, who met through the Alzheimer’s Society peer support group in Macclesfield.
Jean, who lives on Blair Gowrie Drive in Tytherington, says dementia is ‘invisible’ in that symptoms cannot always be seen.
She and Pam organised the event because they are worried funding might be cut for organisations supporting carers of those living with the illness.
She said: “It is now fully accepted that Alzheimers and Dementia affects most families and there are many who suffer in silence leaving them to become isolated and afraid with no-one to turn to.
“The need to ensure all essential support is in place and that will mean less pressure on our NHS and hospital resources and people can still live as normal a life as this illness allows and carers own lives don’t suffer to the point that they no longer can care.”
The group walked from Tytherington Family Worship Church to the Tytherington Club and back, and were joined by Macclesfield MP David Rutley, Macclesfield’s Mayor Coun Alift Harewood Jones MBE and Coun Ainsley Arnold.
Mr Rutley spoke with fellow walkers and discussed the important work being done to support all who are affected by dementia, including the Alzheimer’s Society’s “Singing for the Brain” initiative.
Mr Rutley also learned more about the important work of the Carers Trust and Cheshire East Council’s dementia reablement service, and discussed concerns about possible funding challenges.
He said: “It is a pleasure to meet dedicated local campaigners, carers and volunteers who rightly want to highlight the important support of the Alzheimer’s Society and others for all those affected by dementia.
“I am very pleased to have been able to add my support and walked a mile in their shoes.”
●● Those taking part in the walk included Macclesfield Mayor Coun Alift Harewood Jones MBE and Macclesfield MP David Rutley