Registrations are open for this year’s Sudbury Memory Walk.
Sudbury Memory Walk will take place on Saturday 30 May and registrations are now open.
The free event is celebrating its fifth year and helps to raise much needed funds for local dementia friendly initiatives which support families living with or having lost someone with dementia.
Last year the event attracted over 194 walkers of all ages and raised £2110 which was equally split between Decaf – a memory café in Sudbury which is part of the Bridge Project and Hadleigh Dementia Action Alliance, who organise and support activities in Hadleigh to enable those living with Dementia to live well.
The Memory Walk, organised by Abbeycroft Leisure, was originally inspired by 72 year old Jerry Thatcher, a community volunteer who is part of the support team for the event, alongside Care UK, the Bridge Project and Babergh District Council.
The walk will once again start and finish at Kingfisher Leisure Centre, Station Road, Sudbury with the walkers enjoying the beautiful Stour Valley Trail. The first walk will start at 11.00 with further walks planned to take place at staggered times. There are 4 routes; ½ mile, 1 mile, 3 mile and 5 miles. The ½ mile distance was added to encourage families living with dementia to join the walk with their loved ones. There will be seats along the route to take a well-earned rest and a rest station at the ¼ mile turn around point.
Tracey Loynds, development director at Abbeycroft said:
“This is one of my favourite events of the year and having been involved since it started, I've seen what a difference it can make to local families living with dementia.”
“As a not-for-profit social enterprise, we’re able to reinvest our surplus into community programmes and events like this, which not only help to get people active, but importantly, provides a much needed social network.”
Cllr Kathryn Grandon, Babergh District Council’s Chairman, said:
“I’m delighted to see this great event return to Sudbury for another year – which, through my chosen charity Hadleigh Dementia Action Alliance and Decaf Sudbury, goes a long way to supporting those in our communities living with or caring for someone with Dementia.
“This fun event sees the local community come together, and plays an important role in supporting our residents’ wellbeing – helping them to remain healthy and happy. I would encourage anyone who can to register to take part in the walk which takes in some beautiful areas of our district.”