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Alzheimer’s Research UK Launches ‘Walk For A Cure’ Event Series in Edinburgh

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This summer, Alzheimer’s Research UK, the foremost charity dedicated to dementia research in the UK, is introducing an exciting new walking event in Edinburgh.

Titled “Walk For A Cure,” this brand-new event series by the charity will commence with three 5km fundraising walks in July, including one set in the heart of Scotland’s capital city.

The family-friendly walk will bring people impacted by dementia together in Holyrood Park on Sunday 30 July. Among those taking part will be Alzheimer’s Research UK supporter, Olive Munro, who lives in Perthshire. Olive was diagnosed with vascular dementia in 2017.

Two other events will be in London on Saturday 8 July and in Harrogate on Sunday 23 July.

“We are delighted to be launching our new Walk For A Cure event series here in Edinburgh.

“Almost one million people are living with dementia in the UK today, and 90,000 of those are here in Scotland. Tragically, not one of them will survive. Alzheimer’s Research UK exists to change that.

“Come and join us on the Walk For A Cure. Your support will fund pioneering dementia research, that will help us to save people from the heartbreak of dementia.”

Bernie Carranza, Scotland’s Regional Fundraising Officer for Alzheimer’s Research UK

The walk will take place in Holyrood Park, one of Edinburgh’s most iconic and beautiful locations.

It will start from Queens Drive, following a welcome from the Alzheimer’s Research UK team and special guests. There will be lots of places to sit, before, during and after the walk. Water stops and support staff will be available across the whole event.

Bernie Carranza

As well as walking together to support the charity’s drive to find a cure, there will be a host of activities to help people understand their brains and the things they can do to look after them in the village area including:

• A large wooden brain sculpture to capture visitors’ thoughts and reflections on dementia.

• A range of craft activities – colouring, making paper brain hats.

• A giant game of ‘Brain Health Kerplunk’.

“When I was told I had vascular dementia it was very upsetting. I am fortunate that I am currently still able to live life to the full.
“But I am constantly aware of my diagnosis and worried about how things will get worse.
“I know that developments in dementia research are likely to come too late for me, but I’m determined to do what I can to help scientists find a cure so future generations will not be affected.
“I have six grandchildren and I hope that in their lifetime’s dementia will become something that people no longer need to worry about. But this will not happen without support for research.
“That’s why I’m so excited to take part in Walk For A Cure and I hope lots of people will join me at the event in Edinburgh and attend the other events around the country.”

Alzheimer’s Research UK supporter, Olive Munro, lives in Perthshire and was diagnosed with vascular dementia in 2017, will be taking part in the event

For more details of the event and to sign up visit: ARUK | Walk For A Cure (alzheimersresearchuk.org)

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