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'It shows you are not alone' - Dementia awareness Memory Walks set for Cardiff and Swansea

Rachel Smith has taken part in a Memory Walk to remember her late grandfather Stanley

Alzheimer's campaigners are urging people to join them on two 'Memory Walks' this weekend.

The events will take place in Cardiff and Swansea.

Joining them with be Rachel Smith, who lost her grandfather two years ago.

  • Hear Rachel's story in my report below:

Stanley Smith died in May 2016, after suffering from vascular dementia.

He was fab. He was cheeky, always laughing and joking.

I saw him from when he was diagnosed all the way through to his last few weeks. Seeing my granddad disappear like that was heartbreaking

– Rachel Smith

Last year came another blow, with the news that Rachel's other grandfather had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.

Across Wales over 45,000 people are living with dementia and 850,000 are affected UK-wide.

Rachel Smith (centre) and her family taking part in a Memory Walk

The Alzheimer's Society says dementia is now the UK's biggest killer, with someone developing it every three minutes.

Rachel will be taking part in a Memory Walk this weekend, and says the events are a great source of support.

Rachel training for her Memory Walk

It's a day to remember your loved ones and, to take them along with you in your thoughts and to take them along with you in your thoughts.

It just shows you that you're not alone. You've got so much support out there.

– Rachel Smith
  • You can sign up to the Cardiff Memory Walk on Saturday 1 September and the Swansea Memory Walk on Sunday 13 October at memorywalk.org.uk