2,500 take part in alzheimer’s night walk
NEWCASTLE and Gateshead’s iconic bridges will form a spectacular backdrop for the North East’s first ever Night Walk in aid of Alzheimer’s Society this evening.
The Quayside will come alive as 2,500 people set off along the 6.5k route in honour of a loved one affected by dementia.
Organisers of the event, which will be one of only a handful of Night Walks across the country, say they are thrilled so many have signed up to take part.
Rebecca Scott, senior mass participation events officer for Memory Walk, said: “We had to close registrations weeks ago because the event has proved so popular.
“What we have now is the maximum we’re allowed on the Quayside, so the atmosphere is going to be amazing.
“We hope to raise in excess of £170,000, as well as increasing awareness of a condition that devastates lives.
“The money goes towards research into a finding a cure, improving treatment and supporting people affected by the condition through a range of services.”
There are 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK, an estimated 35,000 of them in the North East. And the national figure is set to rise to one million by 2021. The condition is now the UK’s biggest killer, with someone developing it every three minutes.
Tonight’s walk will set off from Gateshead’s Baltic Square at 7.30pm.