November 29, 2011 3.45 pm This story is over 148 months old

Alzheimer’s charity needs local fundraising recruits

Dementia awareness: Volunteers are needed from Lincoln to help support people living with dementia according to an Alzheimer’s charity.

Alzheimer’s Society Memory Walk in Cambridge

An Alzheimer’s charity is looking for volunteers in and around Lincoln to support local people living with dementia.

Alzheimer’s Society needs volunteers to help organise its flagship fundraising event, Memory Walk, to take place in Lincoln next September.

The charity’s research shows that 750,000 people in the UK have some form of dementia. More than half of these have Alzheimer’s disease.

Within 15 years, one million people will be living with dementia, and by 2051 this figure will reach 1.7 million, the charity says.

There are thought to be 10,000 people in Lincolnshire with the disease.

Bex Mezzo, Volunteering Officer for Alzheimer’s Society, said: “Volunteers are vital to Alzheimer’s Society’s goal of improving the lives of people living with dementia and their carers in and around Lincoln.

“As unemployment rises locally, becoming a volunteer can give you new skills, training, and the reward of helping people in your local community. We’re particularly keen that Lincoln has a Memory Walk in 2012 because it missed out on having one this year.

“We need people to come forward now for the walk next September. You’ll receive support in planning, organising, and delivering local Memory Walks from our Community Fundraiser.”

Memory Walks raise funds and awareness of dementia, and can help to promote Alzheimer’s Society’s services and support.

If you are interested in volunteering with Alzheimer’s Society, please call Bex Mezzo on 01646 642 892 or email [email protected].