At the beginning of September, we invited residents, staff and their families to join us for a memory walk, to raise funds and awareness for the Alzheimer’s Society.
Almshouse Welfare Team Manager, Beccy Hynard-Hicks, said: “I was humbled and amazed at the turn out for a wet Sunday morning. Our wonderful residents and their family members, almshouse office and maintenance staff, Hand in Hand and Clive, came along with their husbands, wives, children, and dogs, all proudly wearing the names of loved ones on their backs! For many this was the name of a husband, wife, dear friend, mother, or father.
We set off from under the South side archway, music playing, (I was particularly proud of my walking play list) with the people we were walking for named on our backs. A jolly group, chatting, smiling, taking our time so we could walk together. Family members were happy to chat to other residents, offering to push wheelchairs. We were stopped on the way by passers-by, who also wanted to support our good cause and donate.
Meeting the half marathon didn’t phase our residents, I even heard one of them encourage claps for us too from the spectators, who willingly obliged! After a walk by the river, passed the cathedral and down the high street, we ended our walk on the North lawn and were joined by more residents who had come along to show their support. We enjoyed tea, bucks fizz, sandwiches, cake, and the good company of our community and their friends and family. We raised a glass to the £793.38 we raised for a very good cause, and for the many who we love and who we have lost.”