Almost £600 was raised for a dementia charity by a care home in Bognor Regis.
More than 60 people, including staff and residents at Elizabeth House care home as well as members of the public, tackled a two-mile ‘Memory Walk’ route around the town centre and onto the seafront before ending at Hotham Park.
The local ‘Bamboo Band’ played a variety of songs on the park’s bandstand for residents such as Lizzie Pollington, a keen gardener who used to visit the park regularly in her youth.
The Mayor of Bognor Regis, Pat Dillon, and Deputy Mayor, Phil Woodall, also made an appearance to thank the walkers for their efforts, alongside representatives from the Dementia Friends programme, which aims to change people’s perceptions of the disease.
Staff collected nearly £300 on the day and £285 was raised on the event’s JustGiving page.
The Alzheimer’s Society’s ‘Memory Walk’ is a nationwide event which helps fund research into dementia.
Marian Drake, manager at Elizabeth House care home, said: “I’d like to thank everyone who braved the torrential weather to get out and raise money for such a fantastic charity. This includes the staff, residents and family members, but also members of the public and the volunteer marshals who helped make the event go as smoothly as possible. We are looking forward to the possibility of working more closely with the Mayor and the Deputy Mayor in the coming months, so we can plan further ways of raising money for dementia.”
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