Local Casualty Star opens Alzheimer's Memory Walk in Cardiff
10:15am Monday 16th September 2013 in News
PENARTH’S Casualty star Patrick Robinson set off more than 2,500 walkers in Cardiff on the weekend for the Alzheimer’s Society Memory Walk.
Patrick, who is starring in this year’s Strictly Come Dancing, gave a speech ahead of the event at Bute Park which is expected to have raised over £100,000 for people with dementia and their carers.
Patrick’s former mother-in-law suffered with dementia. He was joined by Game of Thrones star Iwan Rheon to send walkers on their way on Sunday (September 15).
The local TV star said: “I've had a great day out and it was especially moving to see all the people who have come along today to walk for loved ones.
“Dementia is something which touches so many of us in one way or another so it's good to be able to do support Alzheimer's Society, and their vital work for people with the condition.”
Participants could choose between a 2km or 10km route in the shadow of Cardiff Castle, taking in the sprawling parkland and weaving through a wildlife haven.
Upon their return, they were greeted with refreshments, live music, face-painting and giant bubbles.
Twenty-one year-old nurse Sophie Zammit-Haber, took part in the 10km walk with her mother, Susan, and other family members, in honour of her grandmother who had dementia and passed away in July this year.
Sophie said: “I originally signed up to take part in Memory Walk with my Nan, as she was in hospital and I thought it would be a nice day out for her. Unfortunately she passed away very recently but I will be thinking of her when I walk.”
Memory Walk is Alzheimer's Society's flagship fundraising event. For the third year running Memory Walk was being held in partnership with Bupa Care Services.
Aimee Hopkins, community fundraiser for the Alzheimer's Society, said: “It was wonderful to see so many people come together and fight dementia whilst having a really great day out. “With 45,000 people estimated to be living with dementia in Wales, Memory Walk provides a vital way of raising funds to improve their lives today and find a cure for tomorrow.”