Memory Walk 2007 - Haringey Branch

Discussion in 'Dementia-related news and campaigns' started by Pat1066, Sep 29, 2007.

  1. Pat1066

    Pat1066 Registered User

    Sep 25, 2007
    17
    London
    Hi All :)

    On Sunday 23rd September, I did the 'Memory Walk' at Alexandra Palace park, in Wood Green. There were people there from all ages and backgrounds there. It was a lovely day, the weather did look like it was going to rain, but the sun shone for us all day. We wore bright yellow sashes with the words ' Memory Walk' on them.

    Britt Ekland (who was married to Peter Sellers) was also there. I had no idea that she'd be there and that she is also a Patron of the Alzheimer's Society. She did a speech about trying to raise awareness of AD, as her Mother also died of AD in 2005. She joined us in the walking, along with her little dog.The local press was there too taking pictures.

    We set off walking about 11.30am and finished mid afternoon. At the end of the day, we released yellow and blue balloons with the words 'Memory Walk' on them into the open air. We were all presented with a 'Memory Walk' certificate. That day we had raised over £350.

    After the event had finished I went to see my Dad who also has AD and showed him my certificate. He read out loud the word 'Congratulations' which was on the certificate, not sure if he understood it, but it felt great showing it to him.

    I've never done anything like this before and I'll definitely do it again, I totally enjoyed it.

    Pat.
     
  2. Canadian Joanne

    Canadian Joanne Volunteer Moderator

    Apr 8, 2005
    15,975
    Toronto, Canada
    Hi Pat,
    Sounds like you had a fabulous day. I've done one walk here but it was much lower key - no celebrities I'm afraid. But celebrities are good - they get the press out & the more publicity the better.
     
  3. Grannie G

    Grannie G Volunteer Moderator

    Apr 3, 2006
    68,659
    Kent
    Well done Pat. The best bit must have been your father reading your certificate.

    Congratulations
     
  4. Pat1066

    Pat1066 Registered User

    Sep 25, 2007
    17
    London
    Absolutely! Seeing him reading it and smiling, made me so happy. :)


     
  5. Pat1066

    Pat1066 Registered User

    Sep 25, 2007
    17
    London
    Had a fabulous day. Britt Ekland was very nice and down to earth. :)

     
  6. my little girl

    my little girl Registered User

    Aug 23, 2007
    35
    Burnley
    I did the memory walk - just me and my little boy in memory of my Grandma. We raised £227.

    It was a lovely day - just a walk around our local park but we let off a balloon with "Memory Walk" on it at the end. Unfortunately there wasn't the wind to "take it up to Great Grandma" like I told my son we were doing and some ignorant man told me to "take my litter home". Spoilt the day somewhat although I just ignored him. Not sure what others think but a balloon is not major litter in my opinion - the wind will eventually carry it away.

    If my 23 month old son had not been there I may have told the individual exactly what I thought of him but my son is at a very impressionable age.
     
  7. Grannie G

    Grannie G Volunteer Moderator

    Apr 3, 2006
    68,659
    Kent
    Oh Dear, some people are so ignorant.

    I wonder how he would have felt if he knew your story. I hope he would have wanted to run away and hide in his hole.

    But we`ll never know................:mad:
     
  8. Pat1066

    Pat1066 Registered User

    Sep 25, 2007
    17
    London
    Hi MLG :)

    It's was nice to hear that you and your son did the 'Memory Walk' in memory of your Grandma. The Haringey Branch also had families doing the walk too, spanning from all generations.

    We too had issues when it came to releasing the balloons, as the organisers were told that it was classed as litter. So we had to go back to Campsbourne school, where the walk had started, and were only allowed to release a certain amount of balloons into the open air.

    Pat.


     

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