Leeds to host memory walk

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A charity is urging families to join Leeds Memory Walk and raise money to support people living with dementia and the search for a cure.

Alzheimer’s Society is encouraging people of all ages to sign up now for the event which takes place on Saturday September 24 in the grounds of Temple Newsam.

A new survey by the leading dementia charity has revealed that Yorkshire and Humberside has the highest figure in the country (54 per cent) for parents feeling they have too little quality time with the family.

Almost a quarter of parents in the region (24 per cent) wished they did more to take part in exercise, such as a long walk, with members of the family.

Almost half of families in the area (43 per cent) spend five hours of quality time together or less a week – and, for 11 per cent of the total, the figure fell to less than one hour a week of quality time together.

Alzheimer’s Society is asking families to make the time they spend together count and join the Leeds Memory Walk, held in association with HSBC.

Michael White, Alzheimer’s Society operations manager for West Yorkshire, said: “There is a great buzz at Memory Walk and the money walkers raise for Alzheimer’s Society will help us to support those living with dementia and our search for a cure. Every person, every pound, every step will bring us closer.”

People of all ages and abilities can sign up to take part in the Leeds Memory Walk to raise money to help the charity support more than 67,600 people living with dementia in the region and fund the search for a cure.

From the money raised, £650 would pay for a brain scan to help diagnosis, £100 would allow someone with dementia to attend 10 Singing for the Brain sessions and £20 would cover a month’s attendance at an Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Café.

Stephen Byrne.

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