Alzheimer’s Memory Walk 2015

Yesterday was third Memory Walk that I’ve helped to organise, and it surpassed all expectations.  The sun shone, the sea sparkled, and everybody was happy to be there.  I heard so many stories of Alzheimer sufferers, their carers, family and friends, that I was on the verge of tears all day, not through sadness but in admiration for the courage, compassion and hope which is constantly demonstrated by those affected, and because so many people turned out to ensure we had a record breaking year!

We had amazing support from the local press, and all the voluteers worked so hard to ensure that everything went smoothly.  For the first time this year, walkers could register online, so we were expecting double last year’s numbers, but were thrilled that half as many people again turned up and registered on the day.

Between the magnificent cake stall, raffle, silly guessing games, donations, and merchandise stall we raised an unbelievable £747.49 and now we’re waiting to see what the online sponsorship total is.  Justgiving accounts remain open for a year after the event, so you can still sponsor or donate if you know someone who took part.

Planning is already starting for Memory Walk 2016, which is going to be bigger and better than ever.

The facebook page is here:

https://www.facebook.com/Lowestoft-Memory-Walk-25th-Sept-2016-1070431756308752/timeline/

Like and share, and let’s get the word out to as many people as possible.  As soon as online  registration opens for next year we’ll let you know.  And if you’d like to volunteer to be a marshall, or man a stall, or bake a cake, or donate a raffle prize, get in touch!

There’ve been ups and downs along the way, and at times I found it hard to stay motivated, but in the end the enthusiasm of the participants, the weather, the fun, and the endless smiling faces made it all worth the work, and next year’s walk is going to tremendous!

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