Rother Valley: Record-breaking fundraiser secures £180,000 for the Alzheimer’s Society

Alzheimers Society Memory Walk at Rother Valley Country Park in Sheffield'Saturday 3rd October 2015'TV star Richard McCourt lends his support to Alheimers Society after losing his own mum to Early Onset Dementia'Picture Dean Atkins
Alzheimers Society Memory Walk at Rother Valley Country Park in Sheffield'Saturday 3rd October 2015'TV star Richard McCourt lends his support to Alheimers Society after losing his own mum to Early Onset Dementia'Picture Dean Atkins

Thousands of people laced up their walking boots and descended on Rother Valley Country Park to take part in a trek in aid of Alzheimer’s on Saturday, October 3.

Fundraisers of all ages flocked to the South Yorkshire beauty spot for the biggest ever Alzheimer’s Society Sheffield Memory Walk.

The record-breaking 2,500 people who took part were hoping to walk their way to raising more than £180,000 for the charity.

This year’s Memory Walk was opened by the charity’s ambassador and Sheffield-born TV star Richard McCourt – who said the cause was one very close to his heart.

The Dick and Dom in Da Bungalow presenter told The Star: “I lost my mum to early onset dementia, which is why I’m an ambassador for the charity.

“It’s been a massive moment for me to see so many people wanting to help and support the Alzheimer’s Society.”