Andrew Jones MP is calling on local people to walk for a world without dementia as part of the Alzheimer’s Society’s biggest annual fundraising event. The event is being run in conjunction with Harrogate Borough Council who have committed to providing dementia-friendly training for all staff and councillors.
- Date of walk: Saturday 3 October 2015
- Time: 10am
- Place: Valley Gardens, meeting at main gates opposite the Pump Room Museum
The walk is taking place in the Valley Gardens, Harrogate on Saturday 3 October beginning at the main gates at 10am. The walk includes two laps of a 0.8 mile route around Valley Gardens with the aim of raising funds for the Alzheimer’s Society.
Andrew Jones MP said:
Our aim is that step by step and pound by pound, we can walk to raise money for services and vital research. That is why I want as many local people as possible taking part – to demonstrate that together we can beat this dreadful and cruel disease.
As well as raising awareness of dementia I want this to be a truly community event. I encourage anyone who wishes to show their support to donate cash either on the day or through my ‘just giving’ page. I also want a good crowd there at the walk to give a very visible sign of support.
Councillor Mike Chambers, Harrogate Council’s Cabinet Member for Safer Communities added:
As one of the largest employers in the district, Harrogate Council is leading by example. As part of our local election manifesto in May, we committed to giving all our staff and councillors dementia-friendly training. We are already well underway and our support for Mr Jones’s initiative underlines that commitment. I am looking forward to joining him – and hopefully a large number of walkers – on the day.
Memory Walk is Alzheimer’s Society’s flagship fundraising event taking place across England, Wales and Northern Ireland this autumn. The money raised will help fund research to find a cure for dementia as well as funding services for people living with the disease.
If you would like to join Andrew on the Memory Walk you can call his office on 01423 529614 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to donate then there are many ways to do this:
- online at https://www.justgiving.com/harrogatememorywalk;
- by text to 70070 with the message AJMP77 £10 to donate £10;
- by sending a cheque payable to ‘Alzheimer’s Society’ to Andrew Jones MP, Memory Walk, 57 East Parade, Harrogate, HG1 5LQ remembering to include your name and address, or;
- by being sponsored for taking part in the walk. Sponsorship forms are available from Andrew Jones’s office using the contact details above or download from www.andrewjonesmp.co.uk
More information on Memory Walk and Alzheimer’s Society:
- 225,000 will develop dementia this year, that’s one every three minutes
- Alzheimer’s Society research shows that 850,000 people in the UK have a form of dementia. In less than ten years a million people will be living with dementia. This will soar to two million people by 2051
- Dementia costs the UK economy over £26billion per year. This is the equivalent of more than £30,000 per person with dementia.
- Alzheimer’s Society champions the rights of people living with dementia and the millions of people who care for them
- Alzheimer’s Society works in England, Wales and Northern Ireland
- Alzheimer’s Society supports people to live well with dementia today and funds research to find a cure for tomorrow.
- Alzheimer’s Society provides a National Dementia Helpline, the number is 0300 222 11 22 or visit alzheimers.org.uk