A walk to remember
The team of at-home care provider Home Instead in Beaconsfield, with Local MP and Attorney General Dominic Grieve at the Alzheimer's Memory Walk

Set in 1000 acres and renowned for its scenic lake, woodland and picturesque follies, Hall Barn Estate played host to over 100 enthusiastic fundraisers who gathered to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society.

Organised by at-home care provider Home Instead in Beaconsfield, this Alzheimer’s Memory Walk afforded local people the rare opportunity to enjoy the grounds of this normally private estate, whilst raising over £1,500 for a worthy cause. 

Attended by local MP and Attorney General Dominic Grieve, the event offered a range of family-friendly activities including a pre-walk warm up from a local aerobics instructor. Attendees travelled from far and wide to take part in the Memory Walk and elderly members of the local community were joined by families, friends and even a few dogs on their 3 mile walk through the estate.

The walk’s organiser and owner of Home Instead South Buckinghamshire, Michael Lawson was thrilled with the event: “It was truly fantastic to see so many people taking part in the walk and so keen to help raise money for Alzheimer’s Society. It was great that the walkers raised such a significant amount of money for the cause and great that everyone had a fantastic day in the process!”

The money raised from the Memory Walk will help fund the charity’s research and national initiatives, as well as the vital services it offers in the South Buckinghamshire area for people with dementia and their carers. Services include day support and befriending which can radically improve the lives of people with dementia.
With 6196 people currently suffering with dementia in Buckinghamshire, Home Instead owner Michael Lawson and his team have been working hard to raise awareness of this cause for some time. Michael comments:”The latest survey carried out by the Alzheimer’s Society shows that the number of people with dementia in Buckinghamshire is set to increase by up by 44 per cent in the next 10 years.
 “As providers of private at-home care, we meet with many clients who have been affected in some way by dementia and are really passionate about increasing awareness of the illness and raising money for Alzheimer’s Society. “

Michael is a strong advocate of ensuring an early diagnosis for those suffering from dementia and has been encouraging his caregivers to embark on the Home Instead Advanced Alzheimer’s Training Course.

Gail Hayes, one caregiver who has just completed the course with Home Instead comments: “One of the main things we were taught is how to recognise the early warning signs of dementia. These signs include: a decline in memory such as forgetting names of friends or familiar objects, a loss of reasoning and communication skills, feeling angry or upset about your forgetfulness, and the gradual loss of skills needed to carry out daily activities.” Gail continues: “Anyone who suspects that they or a loved one may be showing any of these signs should speak to a GP as soon as possible.”

Michael concludes: “I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who attended this event, as the support we received has been fantastic. However, there is more work to be done and I would like to appeal to everyone to seriously consider making a donation to the Alzheimer’s Society to help to enable this organisation to continue with its invaluable work. We are already planning our memory walk for next year and are planning on making it even bigger and better, so watch this space!”

Attendees of the Alzheimer's Memory Walk, organized by home care company Home Instead

If you would like to find out more about Alzheimer’s Society in Beaconsfield, or to make a donation to the cause, please call: 01494 670 909 or visit: www.alzheimers.org.uk. For more information about Home Instead South Buckinghamshire please call: 01494 411268 or visit: www.homeinstead.co.uk/buckinghamshiresouth