Setting out into the New Forest for a world without dementia.

Forest care home residents set out on a 'memory walk' in aid of the Alzheimer's Society.

 

Colten Care's Woodpecker home memory walkA sponsored ‘memory walk’ involving residents at Colten Care's Woodpeckers nursing and residential home in Brockenhurst has raised more than £400 for the Alzheimer’s Society. Families, friends and team members were among a 17-strong group to complete a 1hr 20min circuit to and from the town’s High Street.

Sara Gould and Jane Bunker, Activities Organisers at the home, paid particular tribute to residents Jacky Flint, Lynn Sparks, Ruth Jones and Gwen Simon for their efforts.

“They were determined to do as much of the route as they could even if it was a large amount of walking for them," shared Jane. "In the end, Jacky and Lynn walked all the way. We did stop for rests and of course had wheelchairs at hand as required."

“It was a lovely outing. The families were really supportive and happy to walk, push wheelchairs and stop traffic as we slowly crossed roads. They were saying how lovely it was to walk as a group and how proud they were of their loved ones taking part. We all want to do it again next year.”

The Alzheimer’s Society says 225,000 people are diagnosed with dementia in the UK every year, the equivalent of one every three minutes. The Society’s Memory Walk initiative involves organised walks across the country in aid of a ‘world without dementia’. As well as research costs, money raised goes towards direct medical and therapeutic help for those living with the condition.