Raising money for Alzheimer’s Society

Dawn Roe, Older Adult Inpatient Team Administrator at Bloxwich Hospital, will be taking part in Cannock Chase’s Memory Walk this year on 4 September.

People take part in Memory Walk for many reasons and dementia can affect anyone from friends, family to colleagues. The Memory Walk offers people a chance to come together and celebrate the lives of people who have had dementia or who are currently living with the condition.

Dawn Roe’s mother was diagnosed at 58 but the symptoms were quite evident before that and at 56 she started to have difficulty with days of the week and once went to work on a Saturday. Denise forgot to pick her grandchildren up from school one day and that was a tell-tale sign.

Dawn said: “I did my first Memory Walk last year at Cannock Chase and really enjoyed it. I had thought about it for such a long time but with having my mum at home it was harder to actually do it. Now she is being looked after by the professionals I thought it was time to do the Memory Walk.”

“I think my inspiration for taking part was how the lives of me and my family have been turned upside down by Alzheimer’s disease and I am very driven to try and help other families understand the disease along with what the person with dementia is going through because it can be very frustrating if you don’t know what is going on.”

The Memory Walk raises money to help research dementia and care for those living with the condition. To find out more about the Cannock Chase Memory Walk or to donate to Dawn, visit her justgiving page.