The widow of Newcastle United legend Charlie Crowe has paid tribute to the 1,000 people who took part in the Alzheimer’s Society Tyneside Memory Walk.
Ruth Crowe, who lives in Wallsend, hailed the walkers who put their best foot forward last Saturday for the charity to boost the fight against dementia.
Ruth, whose husband had dementia when he died, cut a ceremonial ribbon on the Millennium Bridge to get the walkers under way in an event that aims to raise £40,000 for the Alzheimer’s Society.
She said: “I know what a devastating disease dementia is so it has warmed my heart to see so many people taking part in the Tyneside Memory Walk.
“People of all ages, from toddlers to older people like me, have been doing the walk which is great because we need to raise as much money to sort out this hideous disease.”
Her daughter, Lesley Edmondson, added: “It’s days like this when you realise that slowly but surely the fight against dementia is being won.
“There is so much more awareness of what is a very nasty disease and that’s what makes me think we are moving in the right direction.”
The walkers, who could follow two-kilometre or ten-kilometre walk, were welcomed to the Baltic Square by Gateshead Mayor Neil Weatherley, who is raising money for Alzheimer’s Society during his year in office.
“There are 35,000 people who have been diagnosed with dementia across the north east,” said the civic leader.
“Everyone has their own reason to take part in Memory Walk.
“Funds raised today and through sponsorship help Alzheimer’s Society fund local services as well as helping to fund research to find a cure for dementia.”