On Sunday 9th September, we are aspire colleagues and customers joined with thousands of other charitable supporters to take part in Alzheimer’s Society’s Memory Walk in Stoke on Trent.
We met up at Hanley Park on Sunday morning to walk together and raise money to help defeat dementia. Luckily, the weather was on our side following a drizzly Saturday, and the sun even made an unexpected appearance!
The Memory Walk spanned either 2km or 6km around the Grade II listed park, depending which route you chose, and Aspire walkers split up to tackle both distances. Between us all, we managed to raise an incredible £1,217, with donations still coming in! This is a phenomenal amount, and we would like to thank everybody who donated and took part.
Patricia Roberts, Older Persons Strategy Lead and Dementia Champion at Aspire Housing, says: “This is the third year we have taken part in the walk and the first year we have been accompanied by customers from our community living schemes.
“The customers have been working hard to improve their health and fitness ready for this event by taking part in a weekly chair-based exercise class that is funded by Realise charity. The class is run by our very own Diana Wilson, who has given these customers the encouragement they needed to become more independent.”
Ex-England international footballer and Stoke City legend Gordon Banks OBE opened the event with an emotional appeal. He said: “’The fight against dementia is a cause that is very close to my heart. I feel more passionate about it than ever because I lost my brother to Alzheimer’s disease and some of my old England team-mates have been affected by dementia.
“I know it can be a really horrible, cruel disease. So I want to get stuck in to raise funds to help our scientists find a cure.”
Memory Walk will raise over £9m to support people affected by dementia. Every pound raised funds new research and provides precious support to more people, wherever they are and whatever they’re going through. So far, the Stoke Memory Walk has raised nearly £40,000.