PEOPLE in Helensburgh are being urged to sign up to Alzheimer Scotland’s Memory Walk this year to raise funds and vital awareness of dementia in Scotland.

Scotland’s Memory Walk takes place on September 18 and 19.

Last year’s mass events around Scotland were cancelled due to Covid restrictions but people were encouraged to walk solo instead – and among the groups to take up the challenge were members of Helensburgh Garelochside Rotary Club, who raised more than £1,400 for the cause.

The activity is free of charge for everyone who takes part, although everyone is encouraged to raise as much as they can.

Participants will be able to create a team with friends, family or colleagues and fund-raise via a personalised Memory Walk page.

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Deborah Edgar, a dementia adviser at Alzheimer Scotland’s Helensburgh dementia resource centre, said: “My role is fully funded through fund-raised money and Scotland’s Memory Walk is one of the biggest fund-raising events we have.

“But it’s not just about the fund-raising. Scotland’s Memory Walk brings communities together, children, adults and older adults.

“Many participants have something in common; they are walking for someone they care about, a person living with dementia, a carer or in memory of a loved one.

“We hope Scotland’s Memory Walk gives people the chance to honour their loved ones and feel connected to the dementia community across the country.

“It doesn’t matter where you are, or your ability, you can take part and help us to fulfil Alzheimer Scotland’s mission to make sure nobody faces dementia alone.”

To sign up to Scotland’s Memory Walk, visit