TV star’s children in Surrey Memory Walk plea
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