Donations made to dementia projects

Dominic Harris, Gemma Little, the Duchess of Northumberland and Amy Syron-Mallenby from the Alzheimer's Society. Picture by Margaret Whittaker.
Dominic Harris, Gemma Little, the Duchess of Northumberland and Amy Syron-Mallenby from the Alzheimer's Society. Picture by Margaret Whittaker.

An Amble woman left heartbroken by the loss of her mother who fought a decade-long battle with dementia has helped raise thousands of pounds for two good causes which support those living with the condition.

Gemma Little, 32, set up Save the Memories in 2014 after her beloved mum passed away in 2006, aged 64. Inspired by her mother’s fight with Alzheimer’s, Gemma was determined to raise awareness of and funds for dementia. Earlier this year, Save the Memories held a coastal walk from Craster to Amble which attracted around 85 people and 11 dogs, raising £6,803.

Some of the participants on this year's Save the Memories coastal walk.

Some of the participants on this year's Save the Memories coastal walk.

In September, Gemma’s friend Dominic Harris tackled the Great North Run and collected £500 for his efforts.

Gemma decided to split this £7,303 total between two good causes – The Alzheimer’s Society and The Blooming Well Project.

The Alzheimer’s Society is the leading UK care and research charity for people with this disease and other dementias, their families and carers.

The Blooming Well project is based at The Alnwick Garden and provides therapeutic gardening and wellbeing activities for adults with early-onset dementia and memory loss.

Last month, a cheque of £3,651.50 was presented to each cause at a ceremony at the Garden, attended by the Duchess of Northumberland.

Gemma said: “I never imagined what Save the Memories could achieve. This journey has been amazing and I will continue the fight against dementia.”

Save the Memories has raised a total of £13,368 since being formed. In 2014, a charity night in Amble, a car wash at Alnwick Fire Station and an inaugural coastal walk helped pull in £6,065 worth of funds.