Alzheimer’s Society Cymru is calling for more people to unite against dementia and sign up for Cardiff Memory Walk at Bute Park on Saturday 1 September. Cardiff Memory Walk, along with other walks throughout Wales and the UK will help raise funds to provide vital information and support, improve care, and fund research into dementia – including leading research taking place here in Cardiff.
There are currently over 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK, including nearly 4000 people in Cardiff. Of the top ten causes of death in the UK, dementia is the only one that cannot yet be cured, prevented or even slowed down. But Alzheimer’s Society is fighting to change this. The charity has pledged to invest £150 million in research over the next decade in the search for better treatments and to work towards a cure.
Alzheimer’s Society is a founding funder of the UK Dementia Research Institute, which is made up of six UK centres including one in Cardiff, which are working to accelerate dementia research.
Nearly 3000 supporters have already registered to take part in the Cardiff Memory Walk, which will be on Saturday 1 September, returning to Coopers Field in Bute Park, but the charity are calling for more walkers to join them and sign up. Last year’s Cardiff Memory Walk was attended by nearly 4,000 people – raising upwards of £178k to fund research and support dementia services.
Sue Phelps, Alzheimer’s Society Cymru Country Director, said: “Dementia is now the UK’s biggest killer, with someone developing it every three minutes.
“We’re calling on family, friends and teams from across Wales to unite against dementia this autumn. Walk with us at Cardiff Memory Walk to help defeat dementia.
“Dementia devastates lives, but every pound raised through Memory Walk will help us provide vital information and support, improve care, fund research and create lasting change for people affected by the condition.
We are urging people to unite against dementia and register now at memorywalk.org.uk