TV star’s chil­dren in Sur­rey Mem­ory Walk plea

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THE son and daugh­ter of the late tele­vi­sion com­edy char­ac­ter ac­tor Richard Davies are urg­ing peo­ple to ‘unite against de­men­tia’ by sign­ing up for next month’s Alzheimer’s So­ci­ety’s Sur­rey Mem­ory Walk.

Nerissa Davies and her brother Glen, whose fa­ther had de­men­tia, are urg­ing peo­ple to reg­is­ter for the event to help the char­ity raise money for re­search and ser­vices.

Richard Davies was a fa­mil­iar face on TV screens in the 1960s and 1970s, ini­tially with ap­pear­ances in pro­grammes such as Z Cars, Softly Softly and Dixon Of Dock Green, but later most no­tably as a ha­rassed teacher in Please Sir, star­ring along­side John Alderton from 1968 un­til 1972.

He also ap­peared in a mem­o­rable episode of Fawlty Tow­ers in which a guest died.

But daugh­ter Nerissa said he could re­mem­ber lit­tle of his con­sid­er­able film and tele­vi­sion achieve­ments af­ter Alzheimer’s took hold, and he died in 2015 on October 8 – the same date as this year’s Sur­rey Mem­ory Walk.

Nerissa said: “My fa­ther achieved so much and re­mem­bered so lit­tle of it. I am look­ing for­ward to rais­ing money in his mem­ory and to alert­ing dis­esase.

“My friends’ par­ents also have de­men­tia – more and more peo­ple are be­ing di­ag­nosed with it.”

A to­tal of 1,914 supporters have al­ready reg­is­tered to take part in the Sur­rey Mem­ory Walk, which will be held from Pain­shill Park in Cob­ham.

More than 16,250 peo­ple in Sur­rey are liv­ing with de­men­tia and last year’s event – at­tended by 2,712 peo­ple – raised more than £293,000.

Sue Ren­nie, Alzheimer’s So­ci­ety op­er­a­tions man­ager for Sur­rey, said: “De­men­tia is set to be the 21st cen­tury’s all to Alzheimer’s big­gest killer.

“We are call­ing on fam­ily, friends – and furry four-legged supporters – to unite against de­men­tia this au­tumn. De­men­tia dev­as­tates lives. Walk with us at Mem­ory Walk and de­men­tia won’t win.

“Ev­ery pound raised will help Alzheimer’s So­ci­ety pro­vide in­for­ma­tion and sup­port, im­prove care, fund re­search and cre­ate last­ing change for peo­ple af­fected by de­men­tia.”

Peo­ple can reg­is­ter now at mem­o­ry­walk.org.uk .

Spon­sor Nerissa and Glen at www.justgiv­ing.com/ fundrais­ing/dw­davies

Nerissa Davies is tak­ing part in the Sur­rey Mem­ory Walk in lov­ing mem­ory of her ac­tor fa­ther

Richard Davies

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