A PULBOROUGH family is taking on a 26 mile walk in aid of a charity very close to their hearts. Karimah, David and Isabelle Butcher are taking in the 26 mile Memory Walk to raise funds for the Alzhemier’s Society.
Daughter Isabelle said: “I am participating in this event because my grandmother has Alzheimer’s and I want to raise money to not only help create a world which is improved for people with dementia, but also to help those who care for those with this disease.”
They are training two months prior to the event but none of them has done this distance before so they say it will definitely be a challenge. The walk takes place on Sunday September 11 and starts at 7.45am and can take between six to 10 hours. Starting at the famous Stonehenge and ends at the stone circles at Avebury, the route involves crossing MOD land and takes walkers to the highest point in Wiltshire.
Originally it was Isabelle’s idea to do the walk and she managed to persuade her parents to take part, she said: “For the last three years my mum and my younger sister have run the Women’s Hydroactive 5k run in Hyde Park in London for Alzheimer’s Society.”
There are 750,000 people with dementia in the United Kingdom with numbers set to rise to one million by 2025. one in three people will die with dementia. Alzheimer’s Society champions the rights of people living with dementia and the millions of people who care for them. The family aims to raise at least £800 in total, to donate please visit their Just Giving page: www.justgiving.com/butcherfamily.