Llandudno Memory Walk: Raising money for The Alzheimer's Society

    

The Alzheimer’s Society have been running fundraising Memory Walks throughout September and October as part of their national campaign. This is why it came as a shock to hear there were no walks open to the public within our local counties of Conwy and Denbighshire.

We already have strong links with the Alzheimer’s Society, helping to create dementia friendly communities across North Wales, but we care we wanted to help towards their funding too!

Therefore, we decided to take it upon ourselves to organise a Memory Walk along Llandudno promenade, with an open invite to everyone to join us.

The team were very excited to be able to host an event for such a worthy cause, especially when all the support from local people and businesses came flooding in.

Donations and contributions came from a range of businesses, which included:

- Decorative balloon clouds from Clownaround

- Photography service from Emberwood

- Publicity in the Daily Post newspaper and North Wales Pioneer

- PA system and service from Ian Turner

- Private function facilities from The Grand Hotel

- Two pantomime tickets at Venue Cymru

- Passes for the toboggan run at Llandudno Ski Slope

- Family pass to Visit Santa Adventure Park from Tir Prince Leisure

- North Wales Choral Festival weekend passes from Events Conwy

- Two 3-month gym membership passes from Conwy Leisure

- Meal for 2 and drinks at the Old Mill Chip Shop, Gyffin

- One full valet from Crystal Clear Valeting

- Leisure access and afternoon tea for 2 at the Deganwy Quay Hotel

- Meal for 2 and a bottle of wine at The London, Llandudno

- One month karate tuition or gym membership from Llandudno Karate Association

- Half price treatment at Llandudno Osteopathy Centre

- Two hours of home help from us, Home Instead Conwy and Denbighshire

Finally, the day arrived …

The wind decided to give us a bit of a struggle when setting up and at the starting point, but even so the event was still a great success!

Registration took place at Craig-Y-Don paddling pool, where over 100 participants gathered including Llandudno’s Town Mayor Cllr Carol Marubbi.

                                                                                                                                                                                           

The area decorated with Alzheimer’s banners and balloons was the perfect place for participants to browse through the dementia information leaflets and purchase any raffle tickets.

Emberwood took a great group photo of all the participants as we were setting off to start the walk, as well as taking some individual shots along route.

Having completed the 1.5 mile walk, Ian Turner and our team of volunteers greeted participants with music and dancing at the Llandudno Pier entrance.

Participants were encouraged to collect their letter of thanks which contained a keepsake badge or keyring, as well as having the opportunity to buy more raffle tickets.

Ian Turner did a great job keeping the public informed of the details of the event throughout the day.

                                                                             

Once everyone had finished the walk they were directed to Langtry’s bar on Llandudno Pier, as the Grand Hotel kindly offered us use of their facilities to warm up and draw the raffle.

Chris and Jayne from BBC’s Panorama: Living with Dementia drew the raffle and Ian Turner announced the winners. Luckily all the winners were present on the day and therefore had their own choice of the prizes available.

Thanks to the amazing efforts seen by everyone, the event managed to raise an amazing £947.08 for the Alzheimer’s Society!

The day was such a success that we already had people asking to join us again next year!