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Judy Holt launches the Memory Walk Credit: Alzheimer's Society

Fifteen hundred walkers took part in the Manchester Memory Walk for the Alzheimer's Society this year - doubling the attendance from 12 months ago.

Actress Judy Holt, who appeared in Coronation Street as a woman living with Alzheimer’s, opened the event in Heaton Park.

Judy said: "It is absolutely fantastic to see so many people taking part in the event – it is a clear indication of how word is getting out. By continuing to raise awareness I’m sure the number of walkers will keep increasing year after year."

On the Memory Walk Credit: Alzheimer's Society

Street star launches Memory Walk

Coronation Street actress Patti Clare Credit: PA Images

Coronation Street actress Patti Clare today launches Manchester Memory Walk - one of the biggest in the country.

Seven hundred people took part in last year's Alzheimer's Society event at Heaton Park, raising £50,000.

Patti, who plays Mary Taylor, said: "Dementia is a devastating illness that has an impact on so many people in the Greater Manchester area.

"The walk in the park is a great day out but also raises vital funds for people with dementia, their carers and local services.

"By getting involved and going the distance - there's a choice of doing 2km or 10km - everyone can be part of an amazing event at Heaton Park and make a difference."

Patti urged people to sign up at memorywalk.org.uk for the walk being held on Saturday 28 September.

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