Bill Turnbull urges people to fight Alzheimer’s by taking part in the Norfolk Memory Walk
Broadcaster Bill Turnbull has urged people across the region to unite against dementia and take part in a planned Norfolk Memory Walk.
The Classic FM presenter and former BBC Breakfast host, who lives in Suffolk, said he hoped everyone would consider taking part in the September 30 event at the Norfolk Showground.
Mr Turnbull said: “Dementia devastates lives.
“Every pound raised through Memory Walk will help Alzheimer’s Society provide vital information and support, improve care, fund research and create lasting change for people affected by the condition.
“I recently explored the process of ageing in the BBC One series Holding Back the Years. It was fascinating to hear about the research taking place to find out more about people’s health in old age.
“It is a daunting fact that someone develops dementia in the UK every three minutes.
“But Memory Walk is a chance to unite and walk for family and friends affected by dementia, and for future generations so that dementia doesn’t win.”
Last year almost 1,000 people took part in the Norfolk Memory Walk, and more than 600 have already registered for this year’s event.
People taking part can do either a 2km or a 7km walk.
More than 14,500 people across Norfolk are living with dementia and the disease is set to the 21st century’s biggest killer.
Debbie Foster, Alzheimer’s Society operations manager, said: “We are calling on family, friends – and furry four-legged supporters – to unite against dementia this autumn. Dementia devastates lives. Walk with us at Memory Walk and dementia won’t win.”
To register for the walk, visit www.memorywalk.org.uk/find-a-walk/norfolk