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These Feet were Made for Walking

A group of friends have raised £700 for charity by taking part in a sponsored walk around Bryn Bach Park in Tredegar.

Ten from Cwmrhydderch Court in Cwm and another from Peacehaven Court in Tredegar had been determined to take part in the Memory Walk organised by Alzheimer’s Society.

They all live in the supported living complexes run by Tai Calon Community Housing and some also have disabilities.

Nick, who is the resident’s spokesperson at Cwmrhydderch, couldn’t take part, however, he supported his friends.

“It was a fantastic effort by everyone and is typical of the court with everyone coming together for a worthy cause,” said Nick. “Some of them ran around the lake, not once, but twice. We also had a sweet stall which raised £46. I am surprised it wasn’t more money because they were going like hot cakes. I am very proud of what they achieved. ”

June, who lives at Peacehaven, raised £270. “I would have liked to have collected more money and next time I will,” she said. “There were about 350 of us who did the Memory Walk and to have been part of it really made me happy.”

Lee agrees. “I have MS (Multiple Sclerosis) so could only walk around once. I wanted to do it because people in this area are so good to me and I wanted to repay their kindness by raising money for charity.”

The friends handed over a cheque for £700 to Mike Smith from Alzheimer’s Society. He thanked them for their hard work. “The course was a 1 ¼ miles long and for some of them to do it twice was outstanding. This money will go a long way to supporting people with dementia and their carers.”

As for the friends, they are already planning to take part in next year’s event. Memory Walk is Alzheimer’s Society’s flagship fundraising event which sees walks taking place around the UK throughout September and October.

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