Suffering from a rare form of dementia himself, Graham Browne recognises the importance of raising awareness of the disease, especially among children.
Graham, 56, of Downland Avenue, Peacehaven, is now encouraging people to put on their walking boots and sign up for the Brighton Memory Walk, raising funds for the Alzheimer’s Society.
He was diagnosed aged just 49 with Picks Disease, a fronto-temporal dementia which can affect behaviour, emotional responses and language skills.
Graham, an ambassador of the Alzheimer’s Society, said: “The work they do is so very important, particularly when trying to increase dementia awareness.
“I think children need to be educated from a young age.
“If a child goes into school and says a family member has cancer there is a lot of sympathy, but if a child goes into school and says a family member has dementia there may not be as much.
“I hope by working with the Alzheimer’s Society and talking about living with dementia I can help this to change.”
Graham, also a member of the Living with Dementia volunteer group, will be taking part in the walk on Sunday September 8 alongside Morgaen Warner, whose grandmother died in 2009 of Alzheimer’s.
She said: “I am thrilled to be taking part in this year’s Brighton Memory Walk, it’s my first time and is raising money for a fantastic cause that is close to my heart.
“My grandmother, Nellie Shore, lived with Alzheimer’s for five years and I am sure that the care she received in her final years was made better by the Alzheimer’s Society.”
The walk, which is 2km or 10km from Brighton Pavilion, is supported by Bupa Care Homes.
For every walker that completes the ‘Memory Mile’ – the final mile of the walk - Bupa Care homes will donate a further £2.50 to support people living with dementia.
This year the walk will be celebrating all things beach themed, there will be deck chairs, Brighton rock and fish and chips for the walkers to enjoy once past the finish line.
To find out more go to http://www.memorywalk.org.uk/brighton.
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