Memory walk success as more than £1K raised

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Sudbury Memory Walk ANL-160711-140652001

Sudbury’s Memory Walk has been described as a great success after it raised more than £1,000 for charity.

Organiser Jerry Thatcher recently stepped out in memory of his mum Kate with friends and families from around Sudbury to lead the walk.

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The weather was kind to the 152 walkers on October 22, who were entertained at the start and finish by a band and Second World War re-enactors.

Participants had the choice of a one, three or five mile walk starting and finishing at the Kingfisher Leisure Centre.

Waitrose offered fruit snacks with Care UK providing pastries and water.

One of those taking part was Sudbury town and Babergh district councillor Jan Osborne, joined by her eight-year-old granddaughter Esme.

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Mrs Osborne said: “It was lovely to see so many people coming together to fight dementia. I am happy to know that my contribution, as well as that of others living in our community, will make a real difference to improving the lives of people living with dementia and their carers.”

Jerry, from Bulmer, organised the walk to celebrate the life of his mother Kate who was 100 and had dementia but died just a couple of weeks before the event.

Since his mother turned 90 the pair had travelled to more than 90 countries.

The 70-year-old said: “Don’t talk the talk, walk the walk’. I started saying that in September and people listened, and then more individuals and local charities started to talk.

“Then all of a sudden the talk stopped and let’s walk the walk started and they came along young, very young, old, older, some on their own, some with partners or friends.”

It is expected that at least £1,000 will be raised for the Alzheimer’s Society and a further £277 for the Hadleigh Dementia Action Alliance.

Jerry now hopes to raise £2,500 to set up a two-year programme of monthly meetings for the carers of people with dementia in the Sudbury area.

A crowd funding page has been set up to achieve this goal. www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/jeremy-thatcher.