In memory of Olwen – Jay’s walking to ease the scourge of dementia

People in Hastings are being to help in the battle against dementia by signing up for a local Alzheimer’s Society’s Memory Walk this Saturday(September 29th).

Local woman Jay Kramer saw her life transformed by her mother’s dementia and it’s this that has motivated her to try to make a positive difference. Jay is asking the local community to rally behind the cause by joining the walk or donating on her JustGiving page http://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/jay-kramer3

Walkers will meet at the bandstand in Alexandra Park, in Hastings, from 10.30am.

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This is the third memory walk in Hastings that Jay has organised in memory of her mother Olwen, who died two years ago after living with dementia for eight years.

Jay says: “Many of us have been affected by dementia through parents, grandparents, partners and friends. We are trying to raise as much money as possible for the Alzheimer’s Society which provides so much support and is undertaking research into this disease.

“We are so pleased that the Deputy Mayor of Hastings will be joining us this year and supporting the cause, everyone is very welcome. We are planning to be a bit noisier this year, so please bring whistles, percussion instruments and dress up if you feel like it!”

Amber Woodward, Community Fundraiser for Kent and East Sussex, said: “Dementia is set to be the 21st century’s biggest killer. We are calling on family, friends – and furry four-legged supporters – to unite against dementia this September. Dementia devastates lives but together we can make a real difference. Walk with us at Memory Walk and help beat dementia. Every pound raised will help Alzheimer’s Society provide information and support, improve care, fund research and create lasting change for people affected by dementia.”

To donate to Jay’s JustGiving page, visit http://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/jay-kramer3

To help in the Kent and East Sussex area, whether through fundraising or by becoming one of our fantastic volunteers please contact Amber Woodward on amber.woodward@alzheimers.org.uk or go to our website to find out more!

From running your local 5K, trekking the Inca Trail, or cycling from London to Paris, Alzheimer’s Society has a fantastic range of events both in the UK and abroad.

To find out more, please visit http://www.alzheimers.org.uk/events or call 0870 417 0192.

Further information:

  • Alzheimer’s Society is the UK’s leading dementia charity, providing information and support, funding research, campaigning to improve care and create lasting change for people affected by dementia in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
  • Dementia devastates lives. Alzheimer’s Society research shows that 850,000 people in the UK have a form of dementia. By 2021, one million people will be living with the condition. This will soar to two million by 2051.
  • Dementia deaths are rising year on year and 225,000 will develop dementia this year – that’s one every three minutes.
  • Dementia costs the UK economy over £26 billion per year. This is the equivalent of more than £30,000 per person with dementia.
  • Alzheimer’s Society funds research into the cause, care, cure and prevention of all types of dementia and has committed to spend at least £150 million on research over the next decade. This includes a £50 million investment in the UK’s first dedicated Dementia Research Institute.
  • Until the day we find a cure, Alzheimer’s Society will be here for anyone affected by dementia – wherever they are, whatever they’re going through. Everything we do is informed and inspired by them.
  • Let’s take on dementia together. Volunteer. Donate. Campaign for change. Whatever you do, unite with us against dementia.
  • Alzheimer’s Society relies on voluntary donations to continue our vital work. You can donate now by calling 0330 333 0804 or visiting alzheimers.org.uk.
  • Alzheimer’s Society provides a National Dementia Helpline, the number is 0300 222 11 22 or visit alzheimers.org.uk  
  • Follow us on Twitter @AlzSocSEEngland
  • Like us on Facebook at ‘Alzheimer’s Society – South East England’
  • Alzheimer’s Society YouTube channel http://www.youtube.com/AlzheimersSociety

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