Hun­dreds step with de­men­tiA

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News - By Joel Lamy Twit­ter: @PTJoelLamy

Over 1,000 peo­ple came to­gether at Ferry Mead­ows for the Alzheimer’s So­ci­ety’s Peter­bor­ough Mem­ory Walk to raise money for the fight against de­men­tia. Peo­ple of all ages (and their dogs) raised thou­sands of pounds for the Alzheimer’s So­ci­ety­by­tak­ing­partinei­ther the 2km or 9km walk.

Among the par­tic­i­pants werePeter­bor­oughCi­tyCoun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive Gil­lian Beasley and Deputy Mayor of Peter­bor­oughCoun­cil­lor Keith Sharp.

The pair joined in with the Zumba warm up (as did some of the­dogs) be­fore­cut­tingthe rib­bonto oget­the­walkun­der­way.

Famil ies walkedin team­swi ith somepeo­ple jog­gin ng, and once it was do one the chil­dren wer re thrilled to get their medals.

So m many peo­ple w were walk- ing in mem­ory of their loved ones, some e no l ong g- er with t hem, and oth­ers l iv­ing with de­ment i a . Wa l k e r s had pho­tos of the per­son they were walk­ing for on their backs. Mrs Beasley said: “It It was l ovely to

see so manypeo­pleinPeter­bor­ough walk­ing­for­rel­a­tivesor­friends who are liv­ing with de­men­tia and rais­ing sig­nif­i­cant funds for more re­search and ser­vices. “It wasare­al­ly­fun­day. Well done to Alzheimer’s So­ci­ety for or­gan­is­ing suchsu a fan­tas­tic event.” Cllr Sharp sa aid: “I am so proud to be part t of this won­der­ful event. It’s very mov­ing to see so many peo­plep walk­ing for r friends and fam mily. “The tar­get f or Peter­bor­ough t to­day is £ £100,000. We want to do any­thing we can to su up­port peo­plee liv­ing with de­menti i a i n Peter­bor­oug gh.”

Run­ners dressed in blue - the Rat Bags.

Clive, Louisa and Jemma Wool­nough.

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