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Scores of people take part in the annual Ipswich Defeat Dementia Walk

PUBLISHED: 21:00 13 October 2018

Big turn out for the Ipswich Defeat Dementia event where they held two different walks, a half kilomathon and a half marathon  Picture: SAM DAWES

Big turn out for the Ipswich Defeat Dementia event where they held two different walks, a half kilomathon and a half marathon Picture: SAM DAWES

Fundraisers were out in earnest in Ipswich today to help raise money for Alzheimer’s Research UK.

Big turn out for the Ipswich Defeat Dementia event where they held two different walks, a half kilomathon and a half marathon  Picture: SAM DAWESBig turn out for the Ipswich Defeat Dementia event where they held two different walks, a half kilomathon and a half marathon Picture: SAM DAWES

Scores of people linked up on the Waterfront for the Ipswich Defeat Dementia Walk over the half kilomathon and half-marathon.

The two distances of 13.1km and 13.1 miles were tackled by a host of walkers who set off at noon from the Cult Cafe taking in some of the town’s best known sites before returning to the starting venue. The shorter walk was open to people as young as 16 to encourage more families to get involved.

Sponsors for this year’s event were OneLife Suffolk, East of England Co-op, Ipswich Dementia Action Alliance, Ipswich Town FC’s ‘Crazee’, Home Instead and Alzheimer’s Research UK.

It’s not yet known how much was raised by this year’s walk but having raised £22,000 and £16,000 at the 2016 and 2017 event, this year’s event increased its entrant capacity and fundraising potential by expanding to 300 walkers – 150 in each walk distance - and had a target of £26,200.

Big turn out for the Ipswich Defeat Dementia event where they held two different walks, a half kilomathon and a half marathon  Picture: SAM DAWESBig turn out for the Ipswich Defeat Dementia event where they held two different walks, a half kilomathon and a half marathon Picture: SAM DAWES

There were drinks stations located along the two routes to help the walkers on their way to their journey’s end.

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