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Friday, October 21, 2016
Charity walkers needed to follow path of St Cuthbert
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¬†The Alzheimer's Society is seeking people to walk St Cuthbert's Way from 5 - 8 September and raise much needed funds as part of the Society's 25th anniversary celebrations. The 62.5 mile St Cuthbert Way runs from the border town of Melrose to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne lying off the Northumbrian coast. It roughly follows the route taken by St Cuthbert in the 7th century when he left Melrose, where he was Prior, to become Prior and later Bishop, of Lindisfarne. This historic walk, starts at the 12th century Cistercian abbey in Melrose and quickly climbs up and through the distinctive landmark of the Eildon Hills. Almost at any time during the first couple of days, and into the third day, this landmark will still be visible. Stephanie Smith, Alzheimer's Society director of fundraising, said: "This year is the 25th anniversary of the Society. So much has been achieved in the last 25 years. From being a misunderstood minority, people with dementia and their carers now know that they are entitled to help, support and respect. The Society has challenged and influenced the medical profession and compelled successive governments to think again about unfair or discriminatory legislation. It has pioneered research which is recognised throughout the world. Yet as the population ages, the number of people with dementia is increasing year on year. "We aim this year to raise £500,000 from events like St Cuthbert's Way, overseas challenges, parachute jumps, marathons and so on, to further our work into dementia research and continue to support people with dementia and their carers. We are looking for people interested in this historic walk to sign up; they will have a wonderful experience and their support is invaluable." For further details on all these walks call: 0870 4170192 or email St Cuthberts Way
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