Mem­ory walk­ers step in with £500 for char­ity funds

The Oban Times - - News -

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

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