AN EDINBURGH woman is set to put her best foot forward for a walking challenge to raise money for a leading Alzheimer’s charity.
Chris Maxwell says she is hoping to honour brother Eric when she takes on the Alzheimer Scotland Midlothian Memory Walk in September.
Teacher Chris will join dozens of families from across the region to raise vital funds to support people living with dementia and their families locally.
The charity aims to improve public policies relating to dementia and be a voice for the estimated 90,000 people in Scotland currently living with dementia.
Mother-of-two Chris recalled Eric, who sadly passed away in June, as sporty and outgoing, describing watching his struggle with the condition as “tragic”.
Chris said: “Eric was diagnosed with Lewy body dementia around ten years ago. It was heartbreaking to watch a fit active man who played sport at a high level become so unwell over a period of time.
“In his honour we will walk to help support those who deserve care and support and hopefully a cure.”
The Midlothian Memory Walk will take place at Dalkeith Country Park, with two walk distances available for participants to enjoy the beautiful scenery, including a gentle stroll around the park as well as the longer 5km walk around the River Esk.
Chris has taken part in the event every year since 2014 and says she is hoping to see a big turnout to support the charity.
She added: “I’ve taken part in the Memory Walk in Midlothian for the past four years since the walk was first established. As well as taking part in the event again which is always uplifting, I hope to raise awareness and money to support people living with dementia.”
Chris continued: “We’re hoping we have a sunny Memory Walk day and that there will be a great atmosphere.”
Figures released by the charity in August 2017 found more than 7,000 people in Edinburgh currently suffer from Alzheimer’s, while a further 5,800 are estimated to be living with the condition across the Lothians.
Alzheimer Scotland’s chief executive Henry Simmons said: “Our Memory Walks are a great way for supporters to raise vital funds with family and friends. Every penny raised will go towards our vision – ensuring that nobody faces dementia alone.”
He added: “Our localities across Scotland are committed to providing the best possible care, support and information for everyone living with dementia, as well as making sure that people with dementia and their carers are recognised and valued in their local communities. Every step you take will help us to make a difference.”
The Midlothian Memory Walk takes place at Dalkeith Country Park from 12pm on Sunday, September 23.