Volunteers needed for this year’s Portsmouth Memory Walk

The Alzheimer's Society held its annual fundraising memory walk from Castle Field in Southsea ''Picture: Sarah Standing (123035-2481)
The Alzheimer's Society held its annual fundraising memory walk from Castle Field in Southsea ''Picture: Sarah Standing (123035-2481)
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  • Hundreds take part in the annual fundraising walk each year
  • Volunteers wanted to help run the event
  • Money raised goes to the Alzheimer’s Society
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WHETHER you want to take part as a walker or volunteer, there’s still a chance to join in a dementia walk.

A fight for a world without dementia has started with a call for volunteers to sign up to help at Alzheimer’s Society’s Portsmouth Memory Walk.

This year’s event on Saturday, September 26, will see hundreds of people don their boots to raise money for Alzheimer’s Society, on either a 3k or 10k route.

But organisers say it won’t be possible without the help from volunteers.

From marshalling to registration, to manning fundraising stalls and giving out medals, there’s something for everyone to get involved in.

Pat Hewitt, lead volunteer from the Portsmouth fundraising group, which is helping to organise the walk, said: ‘I get a buzz from supporters who say they have loved the walk.

‘It’s a great feeling to see how money raised at the event will support people with dementia.

‘I love to see how people with dementia take part in the walk and their faces light up as they are presented with a medal at the finish line.’

The walk at Castle Field in Southsea starts at 11am in procession with Big Noise Samba Band.

Volunteers would be needed at the venue between 9am and 3pm.

Natalie Bettinson, Alzheimer’s Society community fundraiser for Hampshire, said: ‘Without the crucial help and support from volunteers, Portsmouth Memory Walk would not be as successful as it is.

‘We rely on their support and they can be involved in a small or big way, it’s very flexible.

‘We’d love more people to volunteer and sign up for the walk itself.

‘It’s a day for everyone to come together, celebrate loved ones affected by dementia, and raise money to fund research and services for people living with dementia.’

To find out more about volunteering at Portsmouth Memory Walk, call Natalie Bettinson on (023) 9282 1430 or to register online, visit memorywalk.org.uk