VIDEO: Swansea Memory Walk fundraisers take steps to earn cash
SUPPORTERS put their best feet forward yesterday for the annual Swansea Memory Walk.
Organised by the Alzheimers Society, this year's walk was the biggest seen in the city.
Great Gatsby actress Carey Mulligan, who has talked before about her grandmother's battle with dementia, gave her backing as did Stella actor Ruth Jones.
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Yesterday's 1,500 walkers were given their marching orders, from the marina, by Swansea singer Lorraine King, who runs the Alzheimer's Society's Singing for the Brain sessions across South Wales.
The event is expected to have raised more than £65,000 for people with dementia and their carers, contributing to a UK-wide fundraising target of £2 million.
Participants at the walk embarked upon 2km or 10km routes around the flotilla of boats and promenade, taking in views of Swansea Bay.
And upon their return, to help take their minds off their blisters, they were greeted with entertainment.
Marielle Restall, a student from Ynsforgan, took part in the 10km walk with her mother, Cathie Restall, her aunt, Corliss Horton and their dogs, as Marielle's grandfather, Terry Horton, 81, has vascular dementia.
Marielle said: "I helped care for my granddad after he was diagnosed, so taking part in Memory Walk means a lot to me. He lives in a care home now and he is the happiest he has been because he has such a great social life there."
She said the joyous atmosphere of the Swansea Memory Walk has spurred her on to do more.
"I have applied to sign up to the London Marathon for Alzheimer's Society now as I want to do even more to help improve the lives of people like my granddad."
Aimee Hopkins, community fundraiser from Alzheimer's Society, said: "It was wonderful to see so many people come together and fight dementia and walk with others who understand.
"With 45,000 people estimated to be living with dementia in Wales, Memory Walk provides a vital way of raising funds to improve their lives today and find a cure for tomorrow."