Key walk axed in favour of service

Alzheimer's Memory Walk, which took place in Stanley Park.

Alzheimer's Memory Walk, which took place in Stanley Park.

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A SPECIAL charity walk to raise money for dementia sufferers will not go ahead in Blackpool this year.

The Memory Walk has been cancelled by the Alzheimer’s Society which wants to channel its resources into providing services instead.

But people will be offered transport to alternative walks in Liverpool and Manchester.

Alzheimer’s Society Locality Manager Helen Steward said: “We are sorry if local people are disappointed but unfortunately we are unable to run the Blackpool Memory Walk this year. 

“In order to make the biggest impact for those affected by dementia in the area, we have decided to focus our resources on providing direct support to people affected by the condition through our dementia adviser and peer support services.

“We are also developing new services for people in the Blackpool area which we hope to launch later this year.

“While we are unable to hold a walk in Blackpool this year, we still very much support Memory Walk and are hoping to run transport to the flagship Memory Walks at Aintree race course in Liverpool and at Heaton Park, Manchester.

“Anyone who would be interested in this should call the office on (01253) 312893.”

The walk had been organised for the past 10 years by the Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre Alzheimer’s Society.

Last year 240 people took part in the event which was held in Stanley Park.

Blackpool North and Cleveleys MP Paul Maynard, who officially launched last year’s walk, said: “I am saddened to hear the local Alzheimer’s Society are not able to go ahead with this year’s Memory Walk. I know how special it was to so many who did take part last year.

“Equally I know the burden Alzheimer’s places on individuals and their carers so I welcome the new services that will be launched here in Blackpool.”

Poulton resident Joan Bithell, whose husband died after suffering Alzheimer’s, is among those disappointed by the decision to axe the walk.

She said: “The whole walk was so well attended, a large amount of money was raised.

“I can’t believe it has been scrapped.

“Surely any events like this are sorely needed to raise awareness of the need for fundraising for this dreadful disease.”

Anyone affected by dementia can call the society on (01253) 312893 for advice and information.

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