Supporters of the Alzheimer’s Society descended upon Chester-le-Street’s Riverside Park to participate in the annual Autumn Memory Walk.
Owner and Director, Trudi Jameson and her colleagues from Home Instead Senior Care in Framwellgate Moor took part in the three mile event to raise funds for a cause that is “very much close to our hearts.”
The Memory Walk is one of a series of national events which are held every autumn across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The money that is raised each year goes towards the funding of research into dementia and to provide that vital support for those who live with the disease.
For Trudi and her trusted team, the walk was a chance to highlight the need for care for those with the ailment, not only that but their four-legged friends helped them do so.
“My three year old German Shepherd, Archie (pictured), came along as did colleagues, their family and dogs,” said Mrs Jameson.
“We raised over £200 for the charity last year, this year donations and sponsorship are still coming in but we hope to double that amount.
The care of people with Alzheimer’s is very much a specialised area and Mrs Jameson, along with Home Instead Senior Care recognises the need to be able to provide the care and support on a daily basis.
“What we do makes us very different as we have the same CAREGiver for any given client which means that for a person with dementia, they aren’t getting a different person every other day. It can be difficult for them and we help to ease that.
“The need has got as such that we will be creating more jobs in order to combat the demand for our services, after all, who doesn’t want someone to talk to, go for coffee or a bite to eat with,” she added.