Actress Carey Mulligan is urging members of the public to put on their walking shoes and support Memory Walk. In its eleventh year, Memory Walk is Alzheimer’s Society’s biggest annual fundraiser. Events will take place around the UK throughout September.
Carey, whose grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s eight years ago, is asking families and individuals to step out for a few hours and raise money to help support local people with dementia and their carers. A variety of entertainment and refreshments will be available making it a day to remember for the whole family.
There are 750,000 people with dementia in the UK. The money raised from Memory Walk will help to fund vital local services for people with dementia and their carers. Such services include day support and befriending which can radically improve people’s lives.
Memory Walk 2012 is being held by Alzheimer’s Society in partnership with Bupa. Walks will take place at various venues across England, Wales and Northern Ireland and are open to people of all ages, children to grandparents.
Kathryn Betts, from Alzheimer’s Society said: ‘Memory Walk is a fantastic way to spend a day. Families, friends, colleagues and individuals can walk together to raise money to help local people with dementia. Additionally an array of entertainment and refreshments will be available making it a day to remember for everyone who takes part.
‘Thanks to the support of Bupa, Memory Walk is able to support more people living with dementia through the vital funds that are raised.’
To register for the Memory Walk visit memorywalk.org.uk source
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Huddersfield over 65s lunch club is no strangers to guests popping in for a free meal, but jaws dropped to the floor when Hollywood actress Carey Mulligan and husband Marcus Mumford turned up.
Joined by the rest of the band, the famous couple munched on sausage rolls and drank warm tea with around 40 pensioners at the Friday Friends lunch club, and even offered to help clean up, with Marcus grabbing a mop.
Joann Wareham, 57, project manager, said: 'They were a delight to have - it's a good job we took some pictures or I doubt many people would believe us.'
After a lunch of sandwiches and sausage rolls the band treated the OAPs to an intimate performance of their song Sisters as well as a rendition of Amazing Grace.
Joann added: 'I can't sing their praises enough. They were lovely, genuine boys. No airs and graces, none of this big star attitude.'
The visit was arranged through Marcus Mumford's brother, James, who works for an organisation offering grants to community projects.
James had been working with the social club around 18 months ago and was so impressed with the work they did he offered to help them raise some money.
Ms Wareham added:'I was overwhelmed. It was such a nice gesture. They came for lunch on the Friday before their concert in Greenhead Park on Saturday.
'I couldn't believe it when they offered to help clear up, they weren't afraid of hard work, they rolled up their sleeves and helped to tidy everything away, sweeping the floors and helping with the washing up.
Mumford and Sons even invited volunteers from the social club to see their concert in Greenhead Park the next evening, when they played to almost 8,000 people.
The generous band also donated proceeds from their CIP guestlist at the concert to the pensioners Lunch Club, raising £1,300 pounds.
Marcus Mumford said: 'It was wonderful to meet some of Huddersfield's old people and they gave us a real, warm welcome to the town.'