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Posh players join memory walk for dementia

Memory Walk for dementia takes place at Ferry Meadows in Peterborough. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Peterborough United players have joined hundreds of people for a memory walk for dementia.

Posh has adopted the Alzheimer's Society as its charity this year. The club lost its legendary player and manager Chris Turner to dementia in 2015. The now annual event at Ferry Meadows is to raise awareness of dementia. Nearly 2000 people in Peterborough are living with the disease.

Peterborough United players and bosses took part in the walk. Credit: ITV News Anglia
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"We're very lucky in Peterborough, apart from having a great football team, a wonderful cathedral and a great council, we've also got one of only 3 dementia centres in the country. It's massively important that everybody in Peterborough understands that, is aware of that and can spread the message."

– Bob Symns, Chief Executive, Peterborough United.
Some walked 2K, while others walked 6K. Credit: ITV News Anglia

"When I first went (to the centre) I didn't want to be there, I didn't know what was going to be. But now as somebody new comes I try to speak to them and help them and explain to them that this is a wonderful place and please god we keep it."

– Valerie Howes, Living with dementia

"A lot of people are affected by dementia across the UK. I mean, in Peterborough alone there's more than 1900 people living with dementia yet we know too many people face the condition alone. So this is a time to raise that awareness, raise money so that we can one day find a cure for dementia and really have a great time."

– Katie Blackburn, Alzheimer's Society