Maddy Haren, from Manchester, who lives in Timperley, is calling on others to join her and unite against dementia at the Cheshire Memory Walk, which will be held at Arley Hall and Gardens, Northwich, Cheshire, CW9 6NA on Saturday 12 October 2019.
Maddy, whose mum has dementia, is urging people to register for the event to help the charity raise money to improve the lives of people affected by the condition. Maddy’s mum Mary, who is 81-years-old, has vascular dementia and no longer knows who Maddy is. She was diagnosed a few years ago but Maddy believes the dementia started a long time before that.
Maddy is also in remission from triple negative breast cancer and decided to hide her illness from her mother Mary so as not to upset and confuse her when she was diagnosed with the cancer last year. Despite only just finishing her chemotherapy weeks before, Maddy also took part in the Cheshire Memory Walk at Arley Hall last October, and loved every moment of it.
“I was still a little poorly when I signed up for the Memory Walk last year. I hadn’t even finished my chemo treatment but it was something I really wanted to do for mum and also for myself as a challenge. It’s such a great day and atmosphere, even in the rain! I really would recommend other people signing up for one of Alzheimer’s Society’s Memory Walks by going to memorywalk.org.uk or join me at Arley Hall in Cheshire and do your bit to raise awareness for a really important cause.”
Steve Green, Alzheimer’s Society Area Manager for Cheshire, said:
“Dementia is now the UK’s biggest killer with someone developing it every three minutes – yet dementia research still trails far behind other health conditions, after decades of underfunding. We are calling on family, friends – and furry four-legged supporters – to unite against dementia this autumn. Dementia devastates lives. Walk with us at Memory Walk and dementia won’t win. Every pound raised will help Alzheimer’s Society provide information and support, improve care, fund research and create lasting change for people affected by dementia.”
“Unite against dementia and register now at memorywalk.org.uk”
Alzheimer’s Society has pledged to invest £150 million in the next decade to search for better treatments and work towards a cure for dementia.
Every penny raised through Memory Walk will help Alzheimer’s Society find a cure, improve care and support people affected by dementia – register now at https://www.memorywalk.org.uk.