THROUGHOUT October MacIntyre, a national charity that supports over 1,200 people with learning disabilities and/or autism, is encouraging everyone to embark on ‘a walk to remember’ to celebrate loved ones with dementia, whilst raising money for people with a diagnosis of learning disabilities and dementia.
From October 1 to 31 October, anyone can take part in the virtual event titled ‘Memories and Miles’, walking anywhere and anytime that suits them to raise life-changing funds during this challenging time.
Evidence shows that people with learning disabilities, particularly those with Down Syndrome, have an increased risk of developing dementia compared with the general population. Over 400 people are at risk or have a confirmed diagnosis of dementia across MacIntyre. The funds raised will help each person to stay active and continue to take part in their interests, which will be essential in the winter months ahead.
Lorraine Devereux, MacIntyre’s Events and Corporate Fundraiser said:
“This year our much loved ‘Memories and Miles’ may be a little different, but we believe that we can still come together in our own ways to walk and raise money. The theme for 2020 is ‘living well with dementia’ and money raised will go towards resources and activities that will help people supported by MacIntyre who are at risk, or have a confirmed diagnosis of dementia”.
To sign up to take part in MacIntyre’s Memories and Miles event, please visit: https://www.macintyrecharity.org/events/memories-and-miles/