Blackpool favourite Anne Nolan is once again cutting the ribbon to open her local Alzheimer’s Society Memory Walk on Sunday 15 September. Anne will be joined on the day by local man Peter Lyttle, 63, from Lytham St Anne’s, who is living with vascular dementia.
Anne, who rose to fame in the 70s singing with her sisters as The Nolan Sisters, is walking in memory of her mum Maureen, who had dementia. The event will be Anne’s third Memory Walk in Blackpool, and she is a firm supporter of the charity.
Joining Anne on stage under the famous Blackpool Tower will be Peter Lyttle, who was diagnosed with vascular dementia when he was just 58 years old. The shock news left Peter scared, confused and in a dark place, and he was initially worried to tell his family. Peter then discovered Alzheimer’s Society and eventually began to volunteer for the charity, motivated to ensure that no-one else felt as isolated after their dementia diagnosis as he did. Peter continues to spread the word about support today and has even set up his own cafes for people living with dementia.
People across Lancashire are being called on to unite against dementia with Anne and Peter, and sign for Blackpool Memory Walk on Sunday 15 September. Walkers will meet at Tower Festival Headland, in front of the Blackpool Tower and can complete a 2km or 7.5km route.
Walkers across the country are coming together in September and October to raise vital funds for Alzheimer’s Society to help find a cure, improve care and support for anyone affected by dementia.
Anne Nolan said “Blackpool Memory Walk holds a special place in my heart and I’m absolutely thrilled to be opening the event again this year. It’s always incredible to see so many people uniting against dementia underneath Blackpool’s iconic tower, and it’s an opportunity for me to celebrate the life of my mother too.
“Dementia is now the UK’s biggest killer with someone developing it every three minutes – yet dementia research still trails far behind other health conditions, after decades of underfunding. Every penny raised through Memory Walk will help Alzheimer’s Society improve care, find a cure, and support people affected by dementia. I urge you all to sign up to Memory Walk, donate and walk with us on Sunday 15 September.”
Peter Lyttle said “I’m really looking forward to opening the Blackpool Memory Walk and seeing hundreds of people unite against dementia. It’s wonderful that so many people have already signed up to join the walk, raising vital funds to help beat dementia. Every penny raised through Memory Walk will help Alzheimer’s Society improve care, find a cure, and support people affected by dementia. It is so important that we all come together to fight this disease. Please sign up to Memory Walk at memorywalk.org.uk.”
Sue Swire, Alzheimer’s Society Community Fundraiser for Lancashire, added “We are absolutely delighted that Anne Nolan, Peter and so many others will be with us at the Blackpool Memory Walk. Across Lancashire an estimated 15,000 people are living with dementia and in the hour-and-a-half it takes to complete your average Memory Walk, 30 people will develop dementia in the UK. Please sign up to Memory Walk and help raise vital funds for dementia research.”
Anne Nolan and Peter Lyttle are taking part in the Blackpool Memory Walk and are urging the people of Lancashire to follow suit. To sign-up and for a full list of Memory Walks, please visit: memorywalk.org.uk.