Game of Thrones and Strictly stars join thousands on Cardiff Memory Walk
Game of Thrones star, Iwan Rheon and Strictly's Patrick Robinson set off over 2,500 walkers in Bute Park last Sunday (15 September) at the most successful Memory Walk Cardiff has ever seen.
Participants at the walk embarked upon 2km or 10km routes in the shadow of Cardiff Castle, taking in the outstanding parkland and weaving through a wildlife haven. Upon their return, they were greeted with refreshments, live music, face-painting and giant bubbles.
'I was delighted to be able to support Alzheimer's Society by starting their CardiffMemory Walk. It's a charity that provides vital care, help and information to people living with dementia in Wales and I want to do all I can to make people aware of the fantastic work they do to support families affected by the illness.
'Memory Walk is a great opportunity to not only raise money but also increase awareness and understanding, tackle stigma and have a great day out with loved ones alongside others who understand what it's like living with dementia.'
Casualty's Patrick Robinson, who lives in Penarth and is a contestant in this year's Strictly Come Dancing also gave a speech and helped to set walkers on their way. Patrick, whose former mother-in-law had dementia, said:
'I've had a great day out and it was especially moving to see all the people who have come along today to walk for loved ones. Dementia is something which touches so many of us in one way or another so it's good to be able to do support Alzheimer's Society, and their vital work for people with the condition.'
Memory Walk is Alzheimer's Society's flagship fundraising event which sees walks taking place around the UK throughout September. For the third year running Memory Walk is being held in partnership with Bupa Care Services. Together, Alzheimer's Society and Bupa aim to support more people living with dementia through the vital funds that are raised.Sophie Zammit-Haber, 21, a nurse from St Mellons took part in the 10km walk with her mother, Susan Prince, 49, sister, Melissa Zammit-Haber, 18 and nephew, Noah Zammit-Haber, 1. The family were walking in memory of Sophie's grandmother, who haddementia and passed away in July this year. Sophie said:
'I originally signed up to take part in Memory Walk with my Nan, as she was inhospital and I thought it would be a nice day out for her. Unfortunately she passed away very recently but I will be thinking of her when I walk.
'Since I have been working in nursing, I have seen the effect dementia can have on the family, as well as the person with the condition. I therefore think it's important that families like ours can get together at Memory Walk, and walk with others who understand what we are going through.'
Aimee Hopkins, Community Fundraiser from Alzheimer's Society, said:
'Today has been such a great success and I want to say a huge thank you to the thousands of people who took part. I would also like to thank Alzheimer's Society staff, volunteers and Bupa Care Services, who helped to organise the event, as well as celebrities, Iwan Rheon and Patrick Robinson for coming along and lending their support
'It was wonderful to see so many people come together and fight dementia whilst having a really great day out. 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.'