Walkers can take part in a charity route for dementia

Mick (left) and Maureen Levesque with Elvis tribute artist Dale Fontaine''''Picture: Steve Reid Blitz Photography
Mick (left) and Maureen Levesque with Elvis tribute artist Dale Fontaine''''Picture: Steve Reid Blitz Photography

Community health day planned to educate residents

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IT’S A condition that has completely changed Mick Levesque’s life.

He had his wife Maureen want to raise awareness of dementia and Alzheimer’s, and will be taking part in a charity walk.

Mick, 69, of Ludlow Road, Paulsgrove, was a dockyard foreman, before a brain haemorrhage brought on vascular dementia.

Maureen, 63, is his full-time carer.

She said: ‘Mick’s not capable of doing the simplest thing on his own.

‘This has completely changed his life, and mine.

‘Dementia and Alzheimer’s is something that destroys your life over time. That’s why we’re keen to raise awareness of it.’

The couple were joined by Elvis impersonator, Dale Fontaine, and Alzheimer’s Society’s community fundraiser, Natalie Bettinson, to launch the Portsmouth Memory Walk.

Maureen added: ‘We take part in the walk every year, as Mick has Alzheimer’s and we want to help support others in his situation and raise funds for research into a cure.

‘Mick was only 64 when he was diagnosed and so we also want to get the knowledge out there that it’s not just the elderly who can be affected.

‘Please sign up today and bring the family along too. It’s always such a fantastic event.’

This year’s walk takes place on Saturday, September 14, and starts in Castle Field, Southsea.

People can choose from a 3km walk around the seafront, or a 10km walk, taking in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. 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.

Natalie said: ‘With so many people in Portsmouth being affected by dementia, the memory walk is really important cause.

‘Each year, the walk is bigger than the year before and raises even more money.’

To find out more, visit memorywalk.org.uk/portsmouth.