Arianne McGarrigle today joined a tide of people to unite against dementia at Brighton and Hove Memory Walk on Saturday. Arianne cut the ribbon to start Alzheimer’s Society’s Brighton Memory Walk in memory of her Grandad Ted who had dementia and for her Nan Rosemary who’s living with dementia today.
Arianne McGarrigle, 18, from Crawley who opened this year’s Brighton and Hove Memory Walk said: “The walk this year has been amazing, it was brilliant to see so many people uniting together to defeat dementia and being invited to open the event was a real honour. While it was an emotional day for lots of people, the atmosphere has been so lively and I know my Grandad Ted would be extremely proud, as is my Nana Rosemary.”
Arianne added: “So many people don’t understand what life is like for people living with dementia and don’t realise how devastating the condition can be. That’s why Alzheimer’s Society Memory Walks are so important, as every penny raised here and at the other walks around the country, help to raise awareness, fund vital research and ensure that people with dementia get the care and support they deserve.”
Also attending the walk in tailored-made Memory Walk Team Barbara t-shirts, was Dame Barbara Windsor’s niece by marriage, Abbie Brackenridge, 31 and her mum, Scott Mitchell’s sister, Marsha Alexander, 59.
Barbara Windsor’s niece, Abigail Brackenridge from Brighton said: “It means so much to us to be here today, the atmosphere has been fantastic and so humbling. As most people know my lovely Aunt Barbara is living with Alzheimer’s disease and it’s heart-breaking to see the condition slowly taking her away from us.
Abigail added: “With funding for dementia research still too low it was so important for us to be here today, in our hometown, walking step-by-step with other people affected by dementia, helping to raise vital money so that one day we’ll have a world without dementia.”
Elisa Vaughan, Alzheimer’s Society operations manager for Sussex said: “Dementia is now the UK’s biggest killer, with someone developing it every three minutes.
“I am so glad that so many people from across Sussex stepped out to improve the lives of people living with dementia.
“Dementia devastates lives; it slowly strips people of their memories, relationships and identities.
“Every pound raised will help Alzheimer’s Society provide information and support, improve care, fund research and create lasting change for people affected by dementia.
“Alzheimer’s Society is committed to spending at least £150 million over the next decade on dementia research to improve care for people today and find a cure for tomorrow.
“I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has helped make this year’s Memory Walk such a brilliant success.”
A total of 40 flagship walks are taking place this month and next, or peope can organise one of their own. To find out more about the remaining walks and Your Walk, Your Way, go to memorywalk.org.uk