Memory walkers step in with £500 for charity funds
DESPITE torrential rain in the morning and a forecast of more to come, the Oban Memory Walk survived the weather to raise more than £ 500.
The participants walked from Dunbeg to Ganavan and back, with the walk one of many organised by Alzheimer Scotland throughout Scotland over the next few weeks.
People pay a fee to register for the walk, and are asked to make memories walking with someone who is living with dementia, or perhaps to walk in memory of someone who had dementia.
Oban’s dementia advisor Sue Pagan said: ‘It was a great afternoon and lovely to see everyone take off along the path. We had a few folk who were very fast, going to Dunbeg and back in minutes, but most people took their time.
‘I’d really like to thank everyone who walked, and all the volunteers who helped make the Memory Walk happen and run smoothly. Thanks also to the stores in Oban that donated snacks and water for the walkers and volunteers.’
Oban walker Morag MacNeill said: ‘I thoroughly enjoyed the outing and it stayed dry for most of the walk. It’s a good idea to raise funds. I know quite a number of people from my home in Barra and in Oban who live with this disease, and anything we can do to raise awareness is good – especially if funds are being raised too.’
Sue added: ‘ Without fundraisers, we would not be able to provide information and support for people here in Argyll living with dementia, or help their families and carers who are also affected by this disease. If anyone is worried about dementia, or just wants to learn more - please pop in to the Dementia Resource Centre in Oban’s High Street - we want to make sure nobody faces dementia alone.’
The entrants get ready for the start of the Alzheimer Scotland Oban Memory Walk