HUNDREDS of people walked along the seafront in memory of people who have lost their lives to Alzheimer’s disease.
The Memory Walk is organised by the Alzheimer’s Society in a bid to raise awareness of the disease and raise cash for the charity.
Around 350 people registered to take part in the walk which began at Castle Field in Southsea. The Memory Walk gives people the chance to walk either 3km or 10km.
Janet Walkley, 67, from Hilsea, was taking part in memory of her father Samuel Cowie who had Alzheimer’s.
She was one of eight members of her family walking in his memory from the age of six months old up to 88.
She said: ‘It’s a great idea. I just think more people should be aware of it.
‘It’s a good thing to do to raise awareness and it’s a nice day for us all to get together as a family.’
Carol Westmacott, 55, from Southsea, said: ‘We are doing it in memory of my mother. It’s a good idea.
‘It’s nice to do something all together especially for the extended family.’
Natalie Bettinson is a community fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Society, and is based in Portsmouth. She organised the event.
She said: ‘It’s a day for family and friends all coming together to celebrate and raise awareness of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
‘We are here to raise funds to fund our local services and find a cure for our research programme.
‘We’ve had fantastic support from the people of Portsmouth.
‘Dementia has come to the forefront. There are 2,200 people living with dementia in Portsmouth and it’s really important for those people to know that the Alzheimer’s Society is there.
‘It’s something that everyone can take part in.
‘We’ve got people from the age of three up to 90 taking part.’
There was lots of entertainment throughout the day including live music, children’s entertainment, local stalls and seaside refreshments.