Alzheimerâ€™s Research UKâ€™s Big Walk on Sunday 13 May was a huge success, and on target to raise thousands of pounds for pioneering dementia research. Shirley Cramer CBE, Chief Executive of the UKâ€™s leading dementia research charity, cut the ribbon to mark the start of the nine mile circular walk in and around Comberton, in South West Cambridgeshire.
The event was sponsored by Greens health and fitness club in Cambridge and some 300 people stepped up to the challenge from all over the county and beyond to take part in Alzheimerâ€™s Research UKâ€™s Big Walk. Everyone joined in a warm-up session before they set off in the long awaited sunshine. Walkers enjoyed exploring Combertonâ€™s peaceful country lanes and an off-road ramble, following tracks through fields and country paths, alongside beautiful woodland areas. The youngest walker was 8 years old and many people bought their four-legged friends along too.
Several walkers talked about the day and their inspiration for supporting Alzheimerâ€™s Research UKâ€™s Big Walk:
David Pitches from Haverhill was one of the first walkers across the finishing line and said:
â€œIt was a really pretty route and I was pleased to be one of the first to finish â€“ it took me just under two hours. I lost my mum Jean to Alzheimerâ€™s last year so supporting Alzheimerâ€™s Research UK is very important to me.â€
Elaine King from Sutton, near Ely, said:
â€œMy father-in-law George had Alzheimerâ€™s and my husband and I joined in the Big Walk to raise much needed money for Alzheimerâ€™s Research UK. The route was really lovely and it was a very well organised event.â€Â
Lisa Dimaline from Cambourne walked with her husband Simon and their two children Thomas, 15, and Amy, 10, and said:
â€œMy mum Jean has Alzheimerâ€™s so weâ€™re doing the Big Walk for her. Itâ€™s a horrible disease and this is our way of raising money for new treatments to give hope to other people and future generations.”
Shirley Cramer, Chief Executive of Alzheimerâ€™s Research UK, added:
â€œIt was a fantastic day and a brilliant sight as a sea of purple t-shirts set off down the country lanes in Comberton for our Big Walk. Everyone had the same aim in mind â€“ to help us achieve our vision at Alzheimerâ€™s Research UK of a world free from dementia.
â€œThanks to the generosity of the hundreds of people who took part or made a donation, the Big Walk is set to make a fantastic contribution to our world-class research – itâ€™s just amazing! The money is still coming in and it will pay for a pilot research project to help defeat Alzheimerâ€™s disease and other forms of dementia and fund vital equipment for our scientists.
â€œWeâ€™d like to say a huge thank you to Greens health and fitness centre who sponsored our Big Walk and to the hundreds of people who took part or volunteered to help on the day. A team from St John Ambulance were on standby too and a number of companies kindly contributed water and food to keep everyoneâ€™s stamina up and some super raffle prizes to add to the fun of the day.Â
â€œThere are over 6,000 people in Cambridgeshire living with dementia today and over 820,000 across the UK, with numbers forecast to rise substantially in the next generation. We rely entirely on our wonderful supporters to fund our vital research. Every penny raised through our Big Walk will bring us closer to finding ways to diagnose, prevent, treat and cure dementia. Research is the only answer.â€ Â
To help Alzheimerâ€™s Research UK defeat dementia, donate online atÂ www.alzheimersresearchuk.orgÂ or call 01223 843899.
For further information, photos or to speak with Shirley Cramer, please contact Sue Armstrong, Media Officer at Alzheimerâ€™s Research UK on 01223 843304, 07500 119514 or emailÂ email@example.com
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