2,500 take part in alzheimer’s night walk

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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.

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