WITH A flurry of confetti, Mr and Mrs-to be Christine Boushaba and Taffy Sharlotte set 3,000 walkers on their way at the Alzheimer’s Society’s Leeds Memory Walk on Saturday.
The couple, who tie the knot in a matter of day at Leeds Town Hall, were cheered on by former Emmerdale stars Adele Silva and Mathew Bose as they took part in the walk at Roundhay Park.
It was a special moment for the pair, who are marrying while Taffy, who has dementia with Lewy bodies, is still able to recognise his bride.
Taffy, 62, said: “I thought my life had ended when I was diagnosed with dementia - but it hasn’t, it has just started. There is so much I still want to do. I’m still a young man.”
Christine said: “It’s marvellous to see so many people at the walk. The more supporters that get together and raise money, the quicker we can find a cure or fund more services to help people with dementia.
“People here are well known for their generosity when there’s a crisis.”
Adele, who is now starring in Hollyoaks, is a big supporter of the charity as her nan had the disease.
She said said: “Seeing so many people at the walk is overwhelming. It’s really lovely that supporters of all generations gathered together in such a great cause.”
Emmerdale’s Mathew Bose, who recently had a brief return to the soap as Paul Lambert, said: “We both have personal stories relating to Alzheimer’s. These events are vital, not just because of raising awareness and money but also in bringing together people with a shared aim.
“When you watch someone with dementia slip away you feel so helpless. We need to make sure the whole world is talking about Memory Walk.”