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St Albans man to take part in Alzheimer’s Society’s memory walk after father's diagnosis
A St Albans man has signed up for Alzheimer’s Society’s memory walk in an effort to raise funds for the charity which supports his father.
Christopher Johnson, 30, will take part in the walk in Battersea Park on September 22.
Chris’ father Peter, 59, was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease just a few months ago. Mr Johnson said: "It was very sad news; you don’t expect someone that young to develop a condition such as Alzheimer’s.
"Dad had a very stressful job and you sometimes wonder if that has had something to do with it."
"That is a thought that can make you feel guilty. After all, he was doing the job to support us growing up."
The Memory Walk is the Alzheimer’s society’s flagship fundraising event which sees walks taking places around the UK throughout September.
Mr Johnson said that he thinks one of the worst aspects of the condition is the uncertainty it creates. His father is in the early stages of his conditions but Mr Johnson has admitted a worry for the future.
But he hopes that his participation in the walk will raise awareness amongst friends and the wider community.
His father, Peter Johnson, added: "As someone living with Alzheimer’s I hope that Chris’s participation in the walk will raise awareness and help for others. The cause is a good one, as I well know.
"The work of Alzheimer’s Society gives hope and comfort to people with dementia. People need to know that despite the stigma that can be attached to dementia, there’s still a lot of life to be lived by people with the condition."
The walk will start from the bandstand area in Battersea Park and it will then pass many famous landmarks. There will be two different walk routes to choose from, a two mile route through the park or a ten mile route. Entertainment, food stalls and trade stalls will make it a fun family day out.
For every walker who takes part, Bupa care homes will donate £2.50 to the Alzheimer’s Society.
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