Capital FM’s Des Clarke Supports Alzheimer Scotland’s Memory Walk Challenge
Posted 10 September, 2012
Alzheimer Scotland is making the final preparations for its flagship Memory Walk event, taking place in Mugdock Country Park near Glasgow on Sunday 16 September 2012, with over 180 people already signed up to the challenge.
Capital FM Breakfast presenter and comedian Des Clarke is supporting the Memory Walk this year and says,
“It’s inspiring to see so many people of all ages signing up to do the Memory Walk and raising money for such a worthwhile charity.”
Scotland’s leading dementia charity is running the family fundraising day, in partnership with Bupa Care Homes, as part of its celebration of World Alzheimer’s Day on 21 September 2012. The charity hope to raise over £15,000 from the event.
Find out more
To find out more about Alzheimer Scotland’s Memory Walk please visit www.alzscot.org/memorywalk2012 or to register and for more information please contact the Events Team on 0845 260 0789 or email email@example.com. Registration is free for those aged under 16.
Comedian and DJ Des Clarke says of the event
“I’m delighted to be able to support Alzheimer Scotland’s Memory Walk and I’d encourage people to sign up for the challenge. Many people are walking in memory of someone they’ve been close to who has had, or who has, dementia – it is a day for them to feel very proud of themselves for making a difference. I’d like to wish everyone the best of luck and I hope they really enjoy the day.”
One participant in the Memory Walk is Claire Robson, aged 22 from Paisley, who has volunteered at Alzheimer Scotland’s Renfrew charity shop for nearly 5 years.
“I chose to volunteer for Alzheimer Scotland after my Gran passed away with dementia in early 2005. I absolutely love volunteering in the charity shop as I’ve met some great people, and I feel like I’m giving something back to the community, supporting people like my Gran. I’ll be doing the 5K Memory Walk for my Gran and to make my family proud, while hopefully raising lots of money for Alzheimer Scotland.”
84,000 people in Scotland with dementia
There are currently 84,000 people in Scotland who have dementia, and this number is likely to double within the next 25 years. Alzheimer Scotland is working to make sure no one goes through dementia on their own and money raised by the Memory Walk will fund projects such as Dementia Advisors, Dementia Nurses, the Alzheimer Scotland Dementia Research Centre and the freephone Dementia Helpline.
Entertainment on the day will include personal appearances from guests representing two of Alzheimer Scotland’s corporate fundraising partners. The Beano’s Dennis the Menace will be meeting participants and spectators on behalf of DC Thomson, and Grimple from The Green Insurance Company will also be at the event joining in with activities.
There will also be music, dance, face painting, a magician, arts and crafts for all ages and delicious home baking.