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A CO­LEG Llan­drillo Heath & Care stu­dent re­cently or­gan­ised Pwll­heli’s first ever mem­ory walk and helped raise nearly £2,000 to­wards the Alzheimer’s So­ci­ety in the process.

Donna Jones planned the walk to raise aware­ness of de­men­tia in gen­eral, and the 800,000 peo­ple in the UK – in­clud­ing 11,000 peo­ple in North Wales – who live with the con­di­tion. She has just com­pleted her Cer­tifi­cate of Higher Ed­u­ca­tion in Health­care Prac­tice Level 4 qual­i­fi­ca­tion at the col­lege’s ded­i­cated In­sti­tute of Health and So­cial Care, which is si­t­u­ated at the Rhos-on-Sea cam­pus.

More than 160 peo­ple – in­clud­ing out­reach health care sup­port worker Donna, other staff from the older per­sons’ men­tal health team, pa­tients with de­men­tia and lo­cal chil­dren – took part in the one-and-a-half mile walk from Pwll­heli Leisure Cen­tre. Donna set up a stage out­side the cen­tre and booked var­i­ous bands and acts to per­form on the day, in­clud­ing their very own Elvis trib­ute act, Rev­erend Wynne Roberts.

Donna, from Abersoch, said: “We had an amaz­ing time and ev­ery­one who took part thor­oughly en­joyed the day. We had huge sup­port from the lo­cal com­mu­nity and we were very grate­ful to have the town mayor, Eric Wyn Roberts, of­fi­cially start the walk for us.

“We re­ceived a num­ber of do­na­tions from lo­cal busi­nesses to­wards the raf­fle and some of these will be placed in an­other raf­fle to­wards the end of this month so we can raise more funds for the char­ity. We would like to thank ev­ery­one for mak­ing our first ever mem­ory walk a huge suc­cess, and we now hope this can be­come an an­nual event.”

Talk­ing about her re­turn to ed­u­ca­tion, Donna – who is get­ting mar­ried next year – said: “My chil­dren were both in full-time ed­u­ca­tion, so I thought that I would do some­thing for my­self.

“The course has helped me im­mensely when work­ing with my pa­tients and also gave me the con­fi­dence to ar­range the walk. I even gave a pre­sen­ta­tion to my fel­low work­ers re­cently.”

Donna is plan­ning to start a nurs­ing de­gree in men­tal health in the next few months.

The Pwll­heli ‘Mem­ory Walk” or­gan­ised by Donna Jones, right

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