Posted: Thu 24th Mar 2016

Walk Around Wales To Raise Funds For Charity

This article is old - Published: Thursday, Mar 24th, 2016

An event in support of the Alzheimer’s Society next month will appeal to anyone who enjoys walking, is looking for a challenge or hopes to raise awareness and funds for one of the UK’s leading research and support charities. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The Welsh 1000 walk takes place on Saturday 16th April and participants of all ages and grades are encouraged to sign up and take part in a rewarding day. The walk will involve a total of 1,000 people taking in 72 separate walks along the beautiful and inspiring Welsh coastal path and the Offa’s Dyke Path. Participants can choose their preferred walk categorised by location, and graded by length and difficulty. A £25 registration fee applies, plus a minimum of £25 must be raised via sponsorship and all funds will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Society. All walks will be led by a volunteer leader familiar with the route, with a maximum of 12 people per walk and will start from various points across Wales include Monmouth and Newport. The event is a unique opportunity to inspire people, raise awareness and walk the only full coastal path in the world! Details can be found by visiting: ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The Welsh 1000 Walk has been organised by group of volunteers, including the Walker family from Surrey. The Alzheimer’s Society is close the hearts of many across the country and currently 45,000 people live with dementia in Wales – more than half have yet to receive a formal diagnosis – while London’s King’s College estimates that by 2055 over 100,000 people will be affected. Dementia costs Welsh society a significant £1.4 billion per year, the equivalent of more than £30,000 for each person suffering the condition. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The Walker family hope to raise vital funds to support people with dementia to live well today and to fund research to find a cure. Ian Walker said: “My family has seen at first-hand the devastating impact that this disease can have on the person diagnosed as well as their family and friends. The research Alzheimer’s Society funds and the support services it provides are crucial; a timely diagnosis, specialist care for all and of course the search for a cure is a great motivator for those involved in the Welsh 1000 walk.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Ruth Rourke, Monmouthshire’s Principal Officer for Countryside Access said: “We wish good luck and fine weather to those participating in this walk and we hope they enjoy the sections running through Monmouthshire. We’re always pleased to welcome walkers on the Wales Coast Path and Offa’s Dyke Path as well as other routes like the Wye Valley Walk, the Usk Valley Walk, the Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal and the numerous rights of way that offer wonderful opportunities to explore such a beautiful county. I’d welcome photographs and comments about how the day went – please send them to” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

People wishing to donate should visit: ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

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