PICTURES: Hundreds join Sudbury Memory Walk in aid of dementia charities

Sudbury, Suffolk. Sudbury Memory Walk 2017, in aid of Decaf in Sudbury and Ansell Memories Cafe in Hadleigh. 

Picture: MARK BULLIMORE PHOTOGRAPHY
Sudbury, Suffolk. Sudbury Memory Walk 2017, in aid of Decaf in Sudbury and Ansell Memories Cafe in Hadleigh. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE PHOTOGRAPHY

More than 250 people took part in the Sudbury Memory Walk on Saturday, starting and finishing at the Kingfisher Leisure Centre.

This year’s event was in aid of the Hadleigh Ansell Memory Cafe, in Market Place, and the Cafe at the Bridge – also known as Decaf – in Gainsborough Street, Sudbury.

Sudbury, Suffolk. Sudbury Memory Walk 2017, in aid of Decaf in Sudbury and Ansell Memories Cafe in Hadleigh. Pictured are Adrian, Jake and Paula Davey.

Picture: MARK BULLIMORE PHOTOGRAPHY

Sudbury, Suffolk. Sudbury Memory Walk 2017, in aid of Decaf in Sudbury and Ansell Memories Cafe in Hadleigh. Pictured are Adrian, Jake and Paula Davey. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE PHOTOGRAPHY

Participants took part in a half-mile walk, or walked longer distances of one, three or five miles along The Valley Trail.

Organised by South Suffolk Leisure, with its community partners including Hadleigh Dementia Action Alliance, the event has so far raised £2,000.

Organiser Lisa Dagnall said: “It was a fantastic day. We had 270 people register to walk and 253 people who did walk.

“We had 100 more walkers than last year, which we were very pleased about.

Sudbury, Suffolk. Sudbury Memory Walk 2017, in aid of Decaf in Sudbury and Ansell Memories Cafe in Hadleigh. Pictured are Ernie Norman, Clare Gillibrand and Ella Gillibrand.

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Sudbury, Suffolk. Sudbury Memory Walk 2017, in aid of Decaf in Sudbury and Ansell Memories Cafe in Hadleigh. Pictured are Ernie Norman, Clare Gillibrand and Ella Gillibrand. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE PHOTOGRAPHY

“We think we have raised more than £2,000, but there may be more to come in.”

This year’s sponsored walk to raise awareness of dementia was held in memory of Kate Thatcher, from Church Road, Bulmer, who developed vascular dementia in 2014.

Her son and carer, Jerry, set up the event to bring people together, with particular emphasis on carers of people with dementia.

The event received £309 from county councillor Jack Owen’s locality budget to promote the walk.

Sudbury, Suffolk. Sudbury Memory Walk 2017, in aid of Decaf in Sudbury and Ansell Memories Cafe in Hadleigh. Pictured are Tracey Loynds, Sue Ayres and Jack Owen, Sudbury Town and county Cllr with staff from Colne View Care Home.

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Sudbury, Suffolk. Sudbury Memory Walk 2017, in aid of Decaf in Sudbury and Ansell Memories Cafe in Hadleigh. Pictured are Tracey Loynds, Sue Ayres and Jack Owen, Sudbury Town and county Cllr with staff from Colne View Care Home. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE PHOTOGRAPHY

Sudbury, Suffolk. Sudbury Memory Walk 2017, in aid of Decaf in Sudbury and Ansell Memories Cafe in Hadleigh. 

Picture: MARK BULLIMORE PHOTOGRAPHY

Sudbury, Suffolk. Sudbury Memory Walk 2017, in aid of Decaf in Sudbury and Ansell Memories Cafe in Hadleigh. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE PHOTOGRAPHY

Sudbury, Suffolk. Sudbury Memory Walk 2017, in aid of Decaf in Sudbury and Ansell Memories Cafe in Hadleigh. 

Picture: MARK BULLIMORE PHOTOGRAPHY

Sudbury, Suffolk. Sudbury Memory Walk 2017, in aid of Decaf in Sudbury and Ansell Memories Cafe in Hadleigh. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE PHOTOGRAPHY

Sudbury, Suffolk. Sudbury Memory Walk 2017, in aid of Decaf in Sudbury and Ansell Memories Cafe in Hadleigh. 

Picture: MARK BULLIMORE PHOTOGRAPHY

Sudbury, Suffolk. Sudbury Memory Walk 2017, in aid of Decaf in Sudbury and Ansell Memories Cafe in Hadleigh. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE PHOTOGRAPHY