500 step out to take part in Memory Walk

STEPPING OUT From left, Andy Fenton, Tracey Dicker, Alison Harmon. Front Mark Fenton, Daniel Fenton, Samuel Harmon and Max Harmon. Picture: Jo Quint
STEPPING OUT From left, Andy Fenton, Tracey Dicker, Alison Harmon. Front Mark Fenton, Daniel Fenton, Samuel Harmon and Max Harmon. Picture: Jo Quint
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FAMILIES and friends united together and took part in a walk to raise awareness of dementia.

The Portsmouth Memory Walk started off in Castle Field, Southsea.

Organised by the Alzheimer’s Society and Bupa Care Homes, people could choose from two different routes.

There was a 2km walk around the seafront, or a 10km walk, taking in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

Alison Harman, 45, runs D&H Recruitment in Portsmouth.

She was there with her brother, children and friend, to walk in memory of her step-mum Bobbi Fenton.

She died in April this year, aged 91.

Alison said: ‘I lost my mum two years ago, when she got dementia. She really wasn’t herself.

‘She went from a woman who was running her own businesses, and looking after children and grandchildren, to a different person.

‘We signed up to the walk soon after mum’s funeral to show our support to the charity. We’ve raised about £500 so far, and I’m hoping we can build on that.’

According to the society, it’s estimated there are more than 2,000 people living with dementia in Portsmouth, but only 66 per cent of these have been diagnosed.

Michelle Marriner, 26, took part with her mother Sandra, 50, of Woodgreen Avenue, Havant.

She said: ‘My nan June Grist, who’s 76, suffers from dementia.

‘She suffers from short-term memory loss, and sometimes will ask for a cup of tea five times in five minutes. We’re taking part and hope money raised will go towards helping to find a cure.’

Around 500 people took part – beating the number who were involved last year.

Natalie Bettinson, community fundraiser for the society, said: ‘We’re aiming to raise about £30,000.

‘Thank you to everyone who came out and supported the walk – the money will be used for research and help families.’