Walk this way…
Team Ultima Skills Training supports Wigan community in pledge to fight dementia
One hundred and twenty-three people participated in a Memory Walk, Monday 24th November 2014, across Pennington Flash Country Park, Leigh raising in excess of £4000.
The hour walk stretched across the 490 acre park, taking participants through rugged uplands and sludgy lowlands: all in the name of raising funds, awareness and referrals for The Alzheimer’s Society.
” 800,000 people in the United Kingdom are affected by dementia today which is expected to rise to over 1 million within the next 10 years… that means we will all know at least one person with Alzheimer’s in years to come” Spokesperson from WLCT Active Living.
Dionne Carroll, 39, Health Improvement Training Officer and Memory Walk organiser tells us: “The walk aims to challenge people’s attitudes towards Alzheimer’s and dementia aiding in developing a wider understanding of the disease across our local communities.
Toby Nightingale, 18, Ultima Skills Training Trainee tells us: “I don’t know a lot about Alzheimer’s disease so it was good to get involved and learn a bit more about the disease and how it affects people.
“There’s few charitable events such as this in the Wigan and Leigh areas…I feel it’s important that our local community can get involved locally and really unite in raising awareness for Alzheimer’s and Dementia.”Dionne Carroll goes on to say.
The walk was supported by many local and national organisations including Ultima Skills Training, Bridgewater NHS and the Prince’s Trust.
The Alzheimer’s society are beginning to house many events such as Dementia Cafes, Dementia Champion Training and the Dementia Friends Scheme across the Wigan and Leigh borough’s. For more information: visit the WLCT Active Living website available at:www.getactivewiganandleigh.co.uk.admin