PICTURE & VIDEO SPECIAL: 1,000 join Peterborough walk to raise money for Alzheimer’s Society

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Clouds lifted for the sun to shine on more than 1,000 people gathered to unite against dementia at the Memory Walk, which was held at Ferry Meadows on Sunday, and aims to raise £120,000 for Alzheimer’s Society.

Helping to start the event by cutting the ribbon was Gillian Beasley, Chief Executive of Peterborough City Council and Cambridgeshire County Council.

Alzheimers Memory Walk at Ferry Meadows  .  Gillian Beasley cuts the ribbon to start the walk. EMN-170917-150338009

Alzheimers Memory Walk at Ferry Meadows . Gillian Beasley cuts the ribbon to start the walk. EMN-170917-150338009

She said: “It is a huge privilege to be part of a movement that aims to support not only those living with dementia but the many more affected by it. My dad had dementia so I walked in memory of him. I want to praise the Alzheimer’s Society and their volunteers because these events are very challenging to arrange and require a lot of commitment. By uniting together we can help to one day find a cure.”

Another of those taking part was former city councillor John Shearman. He said: “My partner Janice has been living with dementia for five years. Sadly she is now a resident in a nursing home.

“Watching her slow deterioration over the past years has been heart breaking and I want to join countless other people in raising funds to bring about a world without Dementia. I am aiming to raise £500.”

Alzheimers Memory Walk at Ferry Meadows  .  Jayne, Wayne and Shane Hunt. EMN-170917-150133009

Alzheimers Memory Walk at Ferry Meadows . Jayne, Wayne and Shane Hunt. EMN-170917-150133009

Alzheimers Memory Walk at Ferry Meadows  .  Cheryl Leigh with her puppy Dobby. EMN-170917-150145009

Alzheimers Memory Walk at Ferry Meadows . Cheryl Leigh with her puppy Dobby. EMN-170917-150145009

Alzheimers Memory Walk at Ferry Meadows  . Trudy Garratt, Nigel Newton, Ryan Barnett, Tina Thatcher and Pat Mercer EMN-170917-150236009

Alzheimers Memory Walk at Ferry Meadows . Trudy Garratt, Nigel Newton, Ryan Barnett, Tina Thatcher and Pat Mercer EMN-170917-150236009

Alzheimers Memory Walk at Ferry Meadows  . Angela, Benji (6), Ollie (6) and Dom Mills EMN-170917-150300009

Alzheimers Memory Walk at Ferry Meadows . Angela, Benji (6), Ollie (6) and Dom Mills EMN-170917-150300009

Alzheimers Memory Walk at Ferry Meadows  . Tracey Shelly, Donna Pack and Julie Barnes EMN-170917-150313009

Alzheimers Memory Walk at Ferry Meadows . Tracey Shelly, Donna Pack and Julie Barnes EMN-170917-150313009

Alzheimers Memory Walk at Ferry Meadows  .  Carol's Girls from Ramsey. EMN-170917-150326009

Alzheimers Memory Walk at Ferry Meadows . Carol's Girls from Ramsey. EMN-170917-150326009

Alzheimers Memory Walk at Ferry Meadows EMN-170917-150415009

Alzheimers Memory Walk at Ferry Meadows EMN-170917-150415009