Academi Wales are uniting against dementia by taking part in Alzheimer’s Society Cymru’s first Cardiff Night Memory Walk this coming Saturday 14 October outside City Hall.
Eight staff members will be taking part in the 5km walk. The learning and development centre chose Alzheimer’s Society Cymru as their charity of the year and have completed four major sporting events in aid of their chosen charity, including Velothon Wales, Cardiff Bay Run and most recently, the Cardiff Half Marathon.
Brian Medley, 58, Business Performance Manager at Academi Wales has been at the forefront of Academi Wales’ fundraising efforts for Alzheimer’s Society Cymru, from being involved in bucket collections at Cardiff Airport to completing the Severn Bridge Half Marathon.
As like many staff members at Academi Wales, Brian has been personally affected by dementia as his mother Jennie Medley, aged 88, has had mixed dementia since 2009.
“It’s hard to watch my mother go through something like this and I can’t believe many people go through it alone.
“Fundraising for Alzheimer’s Society Cymru has been challenging yet enjoyable. So far, we are thrilled to have raised £2,357 which is over our £2,000 target and we are even more driven to continue raising more money and awareness for dementia.
“We are looking forward to the Cardiff Night Memory Walk and uniting against dementia with thousands of other people.”
Jo Hicks, Director of Academi Wales said:
“As our charity of the year, we are extremely proud of our fundraising efforts for Alzheimer’s Society Cymru. So far, we have raised £2,357 which is an amazing accomplishment. Dementia has affected friends and family of many of us here at Academi Wales and we are very much looking forward to Cardiff’s first Night Memory Walk.”
Melanie Andrews, Alzheimer’s Society Cymru Operations Manager for South East Wales, said:
“Dementia is set to be the 21st century’s biggest killer.
“We are calling on family, friends – and furry four-legged supporters – to unite against dementia this autumn. Dementia devastates lives. Walk with us at Memory Walk and dementia won’t win.
“Every pound raised will help Alzheimer’s Society Cymru provide information and support, improve care, fund research and create lasting change for people affected by dementia.”
Nearly 1,000 supporters have already registered to take part in the Cardiff Night Memory Walk. Alzheimer’s Society Cymru is urgently calling more people to register at memorywalk.org.uk and unite against dementia.