Residents are being encouraged to put their best foot forward in September and organise a charity walk to raise funds to help people with dementia.
Wigan Council and Inspiring healthy lifestyles are supporting the Alzheimer’s Society initiative urging people to step into September and host a Memory Walk this month.
Coun Keith Cunliffe, cabinet member for adult social care at Wigan Council, said: “Memory Walks are a fantastic way of raising awareness of dementia as well as raising money.
“They are suitable for people of all ages and abilities, from grandparents to grandchildren including those living with dementia. It’s a great opportunity to get out in the fresh air, enjoy some of our beautiful greenspaces, and spend time with loved ones.”
The walk can be any distance and from any location. Residents are encouraged to choose their own walking route, date and time and register their walk online. It can be done alone, with members of a household or in a socially distanced group.
Inspiring healthy lifestyles have set up a facebook group where residents can share information and photos from their walks.
Tracy Morris, Inspiring healthy lifestyles Walking Co-ordinator said: “Memory Walk is a hugely important campaign for Alzheimer’s Society and an event we look forward to holding every year.
“This year we wanted to be able to give the event the attention it deserves and be sure people can enjoy it safely.
“That’s why we set up the facebook group for people to be able to take part, share photos, stories and routes and encourage one another over the month. We look forward to seeing everyone’s amazing efforts over the next few weeks.”
Register your walk now at www.memorywalk.org.uk to receive a free fundraising pack and join the facebook group Memory Walk Month 2020 from Inspired Wigan.