Sunderland walk to support people with dementia

Simon Davis (centre),  with his sons Jonathan (10) left and Christopher (13) getting ready for  the Alzheimers Society Memorial Walk, organised by Simon in memnory of his mum Ann. The walk, which takes place on Sunday September 14th, is between Roker and Souter Lighthouse.
Simon Davis (centre), with his sons Jonathan (10) left and Christopher (13) getting ready for the Alzheimers Society Memorial Walk, organised by Simon in memnory of his mum Ann. The walk, which takes place on Sunday September 14th, is between Roker and Souter Lighthouse.
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A SON devastated by the death of his mum from dementia is hoping to make a difference for future sufferers of the condition.

Simon Davis is urging the people of Sunderland to join him on a Memory Walk which he hopes will become an annual event.

The 41-year-old, from Plains Farm, will lead fund-raisers on a 5km walk from Bungalow Cafe, in Roker, to Souter Lighthouse to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society.

Dad-of-three Simon is holding the walk after the death of his mother Ann, 68, from the illness last August after an 11-year battle.

“It’s such a hard thing for any family to go through and I’m sure there are a lot of families in Sunderland affected by the illness,” he said. “I wanted to do something to help the Alzheimer’s Society and noticed there were walks in Durham and Newcastle, but not one in Sunderland, so I decided to set one up myself.”

Anyone is welcome to take part in the walk which will set off from 10am on Sunday. Held across England, Wales and Northern Ireland every autumn, the events raise money to provide vital support for people living with dementia and fund research into a cure.

Simon, a quality technician, said: “Mum was only 57 when she developed Alzheimer’s. People tend to take the mick out of dementia and joke about it, but it really is a horrible thing.

“The walk will take place the day before her birthday which I thought was a special way to remember her.”

•Visit www.memorywalk.org.uk or sponsor Simon on www.justgiving.com/simon-daviss-fundraising-page-2355/.