An Amble woman is aiming to step up the fight against dementia with a fund-raising coastal walk this weekend, in memory of her mother who fought a decade-long battle with the disease.
Gemma Little, whose late mum Anne died in 2006 at the age of 64, is leading her second Save the Memories walk from Craster to Amble on the Northumberland coastal path on Saturday.
She is hoping to boost the coffers of the Alzheimer’s Society, whose staff aim to help people with dementia across Northumberland, as well as The Alnwick Garden’s Blooming Well Project, which provides gardening workshops to help dementia sufferers and their carers.
Nurse Gemma, 31, said: “Alzheimer’s slowly robbed my mam of her memories and her life and that was devastating. It’s because of my mam that I want to raise awareness and funds in her honour to help others cope with and fight this terrible disease.
“There is more awareness and more research going on, but it’s vital that we build on the current momentum.”
The Duchess of Northumberland has thrown her support behind the walk. She said: “It is a fine example of the community coming together to help others.
“It is commendable that Gemma is using her experience to raise awareness and help other sufferers. I am grateful that part of the proceeds raised will be going to the Blooming Well Project.”
Last year’s walk raised thousands of pounds for the Alzheimer’s Society.
Anyone wanting to take part in Saturday’s 14-mile Save the Memories walk, starting at 9am from the Craster tourist information centre and finishing at Angie’s Tavern in Amble, should email Gemma via firstname.lastname@example.org