Helen Bradbury (dancer, Samba Galêz), Kira Everett, Aimee Parker (Alzheimer's Society), Kelsey Marshall and Beth Houghton (Centrador player, Samba Galêz)
Helen Bradbury (dancer, Samba Galêz), Kira Everett, Aimee Parker (Alzheimer’s Society), Kelsey Marshall and Beth Houghton (Centrador player, Samba Galêz)

PERFORMERS from Samba Galêz samba band joined forces with fundraisers to launch Alzheimer’s Society’s Cardiff Memory Walk.

The band, who will also be performing on the day of the walk in Bute Park on Saturday, September 13, were joined by Kelsey Marshall, 16, and her friend Kira Everett, who have signed up to take part and want others to do the same.

Memory Walk is Alzheimer’s Society’s flagship fundraising event which sees walks taking place around the UK throughout the autumn to raise money for people affected by dementia and their carers.

Kelsey from Tonyrefail decided to take part as her grandmother, Marlene Marshall, was diagnosed with dementia in 2013 and passed away in February aged 81. Her grandfather Michael Marshall, 85, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s two years ago and now lives in a care home where Kelsey regularly visits him.

“I saw an advert for Cardiff Memory Walk on television and wanted to get involved to walk in honour of both my grandparents and to help raise money for Alzheimer’s Society”, she said.

“It is an opportunity to meet lots of other people who have been through similar experiences to my family and understand what it is like to have a loved one with dementia. I’m really looking forward to the day and would encourage people to sign up if they haven’t already.”

The Cardiff Memory Walk takes place in Bute Park, where participants can choose between a gentle 2km walk or a more challenging 10km. Live music, fundraising stalls and refreshments will be available. People can also take the opportunity to share a memory of a loved one at the Memory Tree.

To register visit memorywalk.org.uk/Cardiff. If you can volunteer at the event between 9am and 4pm, call 029 2047 5573 or email aimee.parker@alzheimers.org.uk

Kelsey also features in this news article on Wales Online.


Thanks to Kate Welch for inviting us to take part in the event; and to Maryellen Clare for inviting us to this photocall.

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