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Memory Walk helps raise dementia awareness

Yesterday we held our first community event, Wellingborough & District Memory Walk. The walk was designed to be fully inclusive for all ages and abilities and we pleased to meet people from different generations taking part in the walk and listening to the music provided at Bassett's Park. We also had the pleasure of meeting many four-legged participants who were friendly and well behaved. The event started with a speech from the Mayor outside Wellingborough Museum, opposite The Castle Theatre and walkers were able to walk past many interesting buildings, including old shoe factories, cinemas and even walk through the lovely Swanspool Gardens and the land that once housed the Zoo. There was a very warm welcome at The Hind Hotel, although I think we surprised them as well as ourselves with an early arrival. After a complimentary glass of orange juice or water for the humans and bowls of water very kindly provided for the canines we were able to continue the walk past more interesting sites and buildings.

On arrival at Bassett's Park we were greeted with a pop-up cafe with hot beverages and snacks available for a donation, as well as information about dementia and local dementia services from Alzheimer's Society and further services available from Northamptonshire Carers manned by Kayleigh and her daughter as well as the Royal British Legion - Wellingborough Branch tent with an array of poppies for sale. This gave me a great opportunity to speak to individuals about their concerns for themselves or their loved ones living with dementia as well others talking about their previous experiences.

The bandstand then saw the arrival of local musicians, Paul Strummer and Daniel Butterworth, each entertaining us with some great choices of music, followed by Kettering Town Silver Band which was a great delight for all.

All in all it was an excellent first event and we are truly looking forward to our next projects and a repeat of the Wellingborough & District Memory Walk next year.

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