Emmerdale’s dementia storyline inspires fundraising walk for fans

The story of Ashley Thomas,  played by actor John Middleton, won a British Soap award.
The story of Ashley Thomas, played by actor John Middleton, won a British Soap award.

EMMERDALE fans are planning their own tribute to the TV soap’s award-winning dementia storyline with a special memory walk for charity next month.

The walk will raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Society and is a way for fans to give their own accolade to the actors and writers involved in the award-winning story.

The story of Ashley Thomas and his battle with vesicular dementia won plenty of plaudits as well as a British Soap Award.

The 10-mile walk will take place on Saturday, September 2.

It will starts at 10am from the Emmerdale Studio Experience in Leeds, and will coincide with the first anniversary of the popular tourist attraction.

The fans will then journey along the canalside and River Aire to the original Woolpack pub in Esholt - which featured in the special episode showing life from Ashley Thomas’ point of view as a sufferer of vesicular dementia. The walk is being organised by The Emmerdaily fan site. Children and dogs are welcome on the walk and there will also be a special barbecue at the Woolpack in the afternoon.

Andrea Seed, who runs the fansite and organised the walk, said: “We wanted to show our appreciation for the amazing work by John Middleton, Charlotte Bellamy and the rest of the cast involved.

“Plus, all the team behind the scenes, from the storyliners and writers to the director and film crew who created this remarkable story. “It’s our last chance to celebrate as we’re coming to the end of the awards season and another great year.”

Any Emmerdale fans wishing to join the walk, can join the fundraising team at www.justgiving.com/companyteams/theemmerdailyfansite. Alternatively, email theemmerdaily@gmail.com.