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Hundreds take part in Blackpool Memory Walk

Walkers helped raise awareness of dementia and fundraised for the Alzheimer’s Society. Photo:

Hundreds of people have taken part in a Memory Walk in Blackpool to raise awareness of dementia and fundraise for the Alzheimer’s Society.

Blackpool favourite Anne Nolan cut the ribbon to start the walk and was joined by local man Peter Lyttle, 63, from Lytham St Anne’s, who is living with vascular dementia.

Anne, who rose to fame in the 70s singing with her sisters as The Nolan Sisters, walked in memory of her mum Maureen, who had dementia.

Peter Lyttle, was diagnosed with vascular dementia when he was just 58 years old. The shock news left Peter scared, confused and in a dark place, and he was initially worried to tell his family. Peter then discovered the Alzheimer’s Society and eventually began to volunteer for the charity, motivated to ensure that no-one else felt as isolated after their dementia diagnosis as he did. Peter continues to spread the word about support today and has even set up his own cafes for people living with dementia.

Walkers met at the Tower Festival Headland, in front of the Blackpool Tower and completed a 2km or 7.5km route.

Anne Nolan cut the ribbon to start the walk

“Blackpool Memory Walk holds a special place in my heart and I’m absolutely thrilled to be opening the event again this year. It’s always incredible to see so many people uniting against dementia underneath Blackpool’s iconic tower, and it’s an opportunity for me to celebrate the life of my mother too.

“Dementia is now the UK’s biggest killer with someone developing it every three minutes – yet dementia research still trails far behind other health conditions, after decades of underfunding. Every penny raised through Memory Walk will help Alzheimer’s Society improve care, find a cure, and support people affected by dementia."

– Anne Nolan
Hundreds of people have taken part in a Memory Walk in Blackpool

To sign-up and for a full list of Memory Walks, visit: memorywalk.org.uk.