Leeds family puts best foot forward for Alzheimer’s cause

Katherine Turner with her daughter Holly, six, and grandfather John Newell.
Katherine Turner with her daughter Holly, six, and grandfather John Newell.
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Three generations of a Leeds family are putting their best feet forward in the Alzheimer’s Society’s Leeds Memory Walk.

Six-year-old Holly Turner from Wortley will join her mum Katherine for the event in support of grandfather John Newell, who was diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia this year at the age of 62.

The family is now calling on other people to take part in the walk at Roundhay Park on Saturday, September 6.

Katherine, 39, said: “Dad’s diagnosis has been a huge shock as we thought he was too young to be affected by dementia.

“I’m taking part in the Memory Walk to help raise money to fund research for a cure, but also to help fund vital services for people like my dad, who are living with dementia today.”

She added: “Please sign up if you haven’t already.”

The Memory Walk is the Alzheimer’s Society’s flagship fundraising event, which sees walks taking place across the UK to raise money for people affected by dementia.

Participants at the Leeds Memory Walk can choose between a 2k walk or a 10k route.

The event will also include live music and face painting.

Alzheimer’s Society services manager, Peter Ruickbie, said: “Memory Walk is a huge awareness-raising event as well as an important fundraiser.”

For details or to sign up, www.memorywalk.org.uk/leeds.

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