Alzheimer’s Disease is a devastating illness and much more research is needed in order to find a cure. This is why Claire and Corrinia decided to raise money for this worthy charity by taking part in the Memory Walk.
What is the Memory Walk?
The Memory Walk is a fun, sponsored walk that helps to raise money for dementia research and for people affected by dementia. September was World Alzheimer’s Month and people throughout the country took part in their own Memory Walks to try and make a difference.
You can choose to walk any distance: from 1 mile to 10,000 miles and you can do so with family, friends and even your dog! Anyone raising over £100 will be sent a medal in the post just to say thank you, so what are you waiting for?
Why do Claire and Corrinia feel that Raising money for the Alzheimer’s Society is so important?
Claire and Corrinia have seen the devastating effects of Alzheimer’s Disease first-hand in their work and wanted to do something about it. As Deputy Manager for The Great Care Company, Claire knows that Alzheimer’s Disease is quite common. Not only does it affect the individual, but also their entire family.
Why it's important to Corrinia.
Corrinia participates in charity walks every year to try and raise awareness and raise funds. As a fibromyalgia sufferer, she doesn’t want it to rule her life and understands how difficult it can be to be diagnosed with a chronic illness.
The Alzheimer’s Society is very close to Corrinia’s heart and she has a deep understanding of how the disease causes people to lose a loved one not once, but twice. The sufferer first forgets their loved ones and when they pass, it is a second loss. One of the reasons she works as a carer is to help take some of the strain and to be a shoulder to cry on for families.
Taking part in the Memory Walk was their way of showing how much they care for their clients and families and they had great fun in the process!
How did they do on the Memory Walk and how much money did they raise?
Claire, Corrinia and John (Corrinia’s husband) walked a breathtaking 36 miles on 20th October 2020. They started and ended at Tetford church and took a route known as the Belmont 30, which combines the Vikings route.
The Belmont 30 is a beautiful walking route around the west and south of Louth. Along the way, you can see some spectacular views of the Wolds in Lincolnshire as you walk through the small and picturesque hamlets and villages.
They did get a little lost on the way and ended up walking an extra 6 miles in the dark. Although they admit that they were afraid that they would have to remember their survival tips and what Bear Grylls would do, they made it back in one piece.
The highlight of the walk was when a puppy in training ran off with Claire’s hat!
In total, they impressively raised over £400 and counting which they are all really happy about.
They reported that they were sore and tired the next day but they felt that it was well worth it and would love to do it again next year.
Manager of The Great Care Company, Anne congratulated the team on their amazing efforts and is proud of them for completing the challenge.
What can I do to help?
There is a lot that you can do to help raise money for a cure for Alzheimer’s Disease.
Like Claire, Corrinia and John, you could also participate in the Memory Walk next September. Of course, you don’t have to wait until then there are many ways to give in the meantime. A donation to the Alzheimer’s Society is always welcome and will go a long way in helping to find a cure.
Alternatively, you could leave a gift to the Alzheimer’s Society in your will, shop in the Alzheimer’s Society shop on eBay, set up an online tribute fund for a loved one who has suffered with the disease or enter the Big Win Weekly Lottery.