‘Memory Walk is chance to give something back’

Vickie Mullen with dad Martin, who is also known as Blondie
Vickie Mullen with dad Martin, who is also known as Blondie
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A father and daughter are tackling the challenge of Leeds Memory Walk to give something back to the charity that helped them deal with dementia.

Vickie Mullen and dad Martin, who has dementia, aim to raise awareness of the condition while fundraising for the Alzheimer’s Society.

The 27-year-old plans to push the 85-year-old in his wheelchair around the first 2k before walking the remaining 8k with her friends.

Martin was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2009 after Vickie noticed changes in his behaviour. She said: “I just knew something wasn’t right but it wasn’t until I saw an Alzheimer’s Society poster in a supermarket that I realised it could be dementia.”

Vickie, from Chapel Allerton, said: “Although dad is a different character to the one he was before dementia he still has a great sense of humour and we are best friends.

“We have found comfort and support through talking to other people with similar experiences on the Alzheimer’s Society forum. Doing Memory Walk is our chance to give something back.”

Participants can choose between a 2k or 10k walk and there will be live music, face painting, cakes and refreshments.

Leeds Memory Walk takes place at Roundhay Park at 11am on September 6. To register go to www.memorywalk.org.uk/leeds. To sponsor Vickie and Martin go to www.justgiving.com/vickiesandblondies-memory-walk.

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