Generations team up for charity walk

One of many families taking part in this morning's Alzheimer's Society Tyneside Memory Walk on the banks of NewcastleGateshead Quayside.
One of many families taking part in this morning's Alzheimer's Society Tyneside Memory Walk on the banks of NewcastleGateshead Quayside.
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Four generations of a Blyth family have put their best feet forward to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society.

Carol Dodds, who lives in the Avenues, led the way in the charity’s Tyneside Memory Walk to boost the organisation’s funds and raise awareness of dementia.

“It is a cause that is very close to my heart because our family has seen first-hand what a devastating disease dementia can be,” she said.

“It is a heart-breaking disease and that is why we all wanted to raise money to help the Alzheimer’s Society make life better for people with dementia.

“There were 11 of us including daughters, granddaughters and great grand-children which just shows how much fighting dementia means to us.”

Among Carol’s group was nine-year-old Adam Elliott, who attends Croftway Primary School,.

“We’re here because we know as a family what a terrible disease dementia can be and we want to do something about it,” added Carol.

The walkers, who could follow two-kilometre or ten-kilometre walk, were welcomed to the Baltic Square by organiser Rebecca Scott, who is the community fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Society.

“There are 35,000 people who have been diagnosed with dementia across the north east and 4,850 who have the condition in Northumberland,” said Rebecca.

“Everyone has their own reason to take part in Memory Walk and it’s heart-warming to see every person here was united in the fight against dementia.

“Funds raised today help Alzheimer’s Society fund local services such as Dementia Cafes, Singing for the Brain and a national helpline as well as helping to fund research to find a cure for dementia.”

The widow of Newcastle United legend Charlie Crowe got the walk under way as she saluted the 1,000 people who took part.

Ruth Crowe, who lives in Wallsend, hailed the walkers who put their best foot forward on Saturday for the charity to boost the fight against dementia.

Ruth, whose husband had dementia when he died, cut a ceremonial ribbon on the Millennium Bridge over the river Tyne to start the event.