Harrogate to host new fundraising walk to fight dementia
Last updated May 15, 2023
John Hirst and his wife Pat, who died with dementia

The Stray in Harrogate has been chosen as one of three locations for a new UK fundraising walk.

Dementia research charity Alzheimer’s Research UK is staging five-kilometre Walk for a Cure events in Harrogate, London and Edinburgh in July.

The event on the Stray will take place on Sunday, July 23 and people are being encouraged to take part and raise £100 each.

Sara Hoxhaj, north of England and Yorkshire fundraising officer for Alzheimer’s Research UK, said:

“Almost one million people are living with dementia in the UK today. Tragically, not one of them will survive. Alzheimer’s Research UK exists to change that.

“Come and join us on the Walk For A Cure.  Your support will help us fund pioneering dementia research, that will help us to save people from the heartbreak of dementia.”

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Besides the walk, there will be a host of activities to help people understand their brains and the things they can do to look after them in an area on the Stray that will include:

  • A large wooden brain sculpture to capture visitors’ thoughts and reflections on dementia.
  • A range of craft activities – colouring, making paper brain hats.
  • A giant game of brain health Kerplunk.

Local supporter John Hirst will take part to raise money for dementia research in memory of his wife Pat, who died with frontotemporal dementia aged just 66.

Mr Hirst said:

“I know that one day there will be a cure for the diseases that cause dementia and I’m proud to be doing my bit to help us get there.”

More details of the walk are available here.