Walk to help tackle dementia

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Take steps to help raise money for dementia and get fit at the same time by tackling a dementia walk.

There will be walks taking place in the lush settings of Pennington Hall Park in Leigh and Haigh Woodland Park all aimed at raising funds and awareness of dementia and the work done by the Alzheimer’s Society.

Wigan Council is supporting the walk along with a variety of projects as part of its work towards becoming a dementia friendly borough. One person is diagnosed with dementia every three minutes in the UK according to national figures.

Each venue will host the walks which will take around an hour to complete or for those looking for more of a challenge there will be a 10 mile walk leaving Haigh Woodland Park at the same time as the one hour route.

The walks take place on Friday 24th August at Pennington Hall Park in Leigh at noon and Saturday 1st September at Haigh Woodland Park at 11am.

Walkers are urged to arrive 15 minutes before the start time to register.

Councillor Keith Cunliffe, deputy leader of Wigan Council, said: “Dementia is something that sadly many of us have personal experience but there is a wealth of support out there to help people continue to live an active and fulfilling life. These walks are a fantastic way for those who have been affected by dementia to make a difference and raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society.”

To find out more about the variety of support across the borough visit www.wigan.gov.uk/dementia.