Bristol walkers battle rain to raise £3,000 for dementia charity
Bristol walkers who came out in force yesterday to fight dementia despite the heavy downpours raised more than £3,000.
On Sunday more than 60 people donned their waterproofs and walked up to two miles through Clifton to raise money to combat the disease.
Participants began their journey at the Royal Marines Reserves HQ in Litfield Place, before strolling across the Clifton Suspension Bridge and taking in the views of Avon Gorge and Clifton Downs.
The event was one of dozens of Memory Walks taking place across England, Wales and Northern Ireland this month.
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Organised by the Alzheimer's Society, the walks can be attended free of charge, and participants are encouraged to get their friends and family to sponsor them. The money raised will help support local dementia sufferers and their carers.
The walkers included couple Katie Smith and Jon Evans, who dressed as Pirates complete with their own ship the ‘H.M.S Sinkytowne’.
Ms Smith said: "We both know what it is like when dementia hits a family as both our grandmas had it.
"We wanted to do something to help people affected by dementia and Memory Walk was ideal.
"We hoped that going around in a pirate ship would raise more awareness and a smile and even though it was soaking wet, we got a great reaction."
Alzheimer’s Society’s Community Fundraiser Adrian Williams said: "Memory Walk went really well despite the weather and we are all really pleased that so many brave souls were prepared to walk to help people living with dementia.
"This is the third time we have held the event in Clifton and we are really indebted to H.M Royal Marines Reserve for their fantastic hospitality.
"I am also incredibly grateful to the team of volunteers who have worked so hard to make the day possible, with many of our route marshals standing out in the pouring rain for hours.
"We are lucky to have a team of such dedicated volunteers."
All money raised through Memory Walk will go directly to help support people with dementia and their carers in the Bristol and South Gloucestershire area.
For more information about Memory Walk, click here.
To find out more about the Alzheimer's Society, click here.