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Registrations open for fifth annual Sudbury Memory Walk in aid of dementia charities

An annual fundraising walk in aid of people living with dementia and their families will return to Sudbury in May, with registration for places now open.

The Sudbury Memory Walk marks its fifth year on May 30, with walkers of all ages invited to join one of four different routes between half-a-mile and five miles in length, starting and finishing at Kingfisher Leisure Centre.

Money raised from the event, which was originally inspired by community volunteer Jerry Thatcher and is now organised by Abbeycroft Leisure, will once again go towards local dementia-friendly initiatives.

The Memory Walk winds it's way around Sudbury..Pic - Richard Marsham. (11134396)
The Memory Walk winds it's way around Sudbury..Pic - Richard Marsham. (11134396)

Tracey Loynds, development director at Abbeycroft Leisure, said: “This is one of my favourite events of the year and, having been involved since it started, I’ve seen what a difference it can make to local families living with dementia.”

“As a not-for-profit social enterprise, we’re able to reinvest our surplus into community programmes and events like this, which not only help to get people active, but, importantly, provide a much-needed social network.”

Last year’s walk raised £2,110, split evenly between the Decaf memory café at The Bridge Project in Sudbury and Hadleigh Dementia Action Alliance.

Kathryn Grandon, chairman of Babergh District Council, said: “I’m delighted to see this great event return to Sudbury for another year, which goes a long way to supporting those in our communities living with or caring for someone with dementia.

“This fun event sees the local community come together, and plays an important role in supporting our residents’ wellbeing, helping them to remain healthy and happy.”

To register for this year’s event, go online to www.acleisure.com/sudbury-memory-walk.

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