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South Tyneside shows support for dementia

It's a brain condition affecting more than one million people in the UK and today thousands of walkers took part in a special event on South Tyneside to raise money to fight dementia.

The Alzeimer's Society Memory Walk in South Shields offered those taking part the chance to celebrate the life of a loved one who has battled the disease:

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Darlington care home records music CD

A care home in Darlington which has been using music as an effective form of therapy has made its own music CD.

Residents, their family members and staff from Willow Green Care Home have recorded their own version of the Bill Withers hit'Lean On Me'.

Organisers are hoping the CD will help highlight World Alzheimer's Awareness Month.

Thousands walk for Alzheimer's

More than a thousand people have attended a Memory walk on Tyneside to raise awareness about dementia.

The Alzheimer's Society says there are 34 thousand people in the North East living with the disease.

Lesley and Ruth Crowe cut the ribbon Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The walk was started by Ruth and Lesley Crowe, the widow and daughter of former Newcastle player Charlie Crowe - who died of dementia.

Walkers set off across the Millennium Bridge Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

"Memory Walk sees whole families coming together to fight dementia and is an excellent opportunity for people to get together and enjoy a day to remember whatever the weather. We want this year to be the biggest yet and to raise even more money to provide services and support to help people to live better with dementia today and fund research for a cure for tomorrow."

– Rebecca Scott, Alzheimer's Society Community Fundraiser
People could walk 2 or 10k Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
The walk then headed off along the Quayside Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Newcastle man leaves £10,000 to dementia charity

A Newcastle United fan has left more than £10,000 in his will to fund research into dementia - because he was always scared of the illness.

Ernest Brown, who lived in Heaton, died at the age of 82 after a stroke. His great nephew Tom Hanson said his grandfather had donated the money to Alzheimer's Research UK because he had always worried about developing it, although he never did.

"Ernie was a very sociable man. He loved chatting to people and telling stories. One of his worst fears was losing the ability to communicate."

– Tom Hanson

The charity thanked Ernest and his family for the gift, saying his legacy would fund 530 hours of scientific research.

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