Oswestry’s British Ironwork Centre played host to the Alzheimer’s Society’s memory walk for the first time this year, and The New Saints Foundation was on hand to help.
Both Shelly McGlinchey and Ella Roberts were at the event, which aims to raise money to help dementia sufferers and their carers.
You can hear from Shelly, in her own words below, on how the Foundation came to be involved and also what took place on the day.
“We were approached by Val Brown who is the local Alzheimer ambassador.
“We currently provide exercise classes for her in her local Age UK group in St. Martin’s, as well a Dementia Drop in Session in Oswestry, which is all part of our work with Age UK in Shropshire.
“We provided warm up activities on the day with space hoppers, big foam feet, hula hoops and football challenges. One gentleman taking part in the walk asked for a football to take around with him, which we provided and he kicked it the round the whole way.
“We also offered a Zumba warm-up dance before the walk started off then we sent them on their way.
“It didn’t stop raining for most of the day, but with over 160 people arriving for the walk, it still raised plenty of awareness and money for such a good cause.
“There was also live music, cakes and hot drinks provided for all, along with the chance to look around the Alzheimer’s Roadshow bus for help, support and advice.
“It was a lovely day despite the rain.”