AN annual walk is to take place later this year to raise money for people living with dementia.

The Alzheimer’s Society is to hold its County Durham Memory Walk in Chester-le-Street on September 28.

Walkers will set off on either a one-mile or three-mile route around Riverside Park at 11am.

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More than 100 people took part in last year’s event, started by North Durham MP Kevan Jones, which raised £4,500 for the charity.

Organisers hope that this year’s Memory Walk will raise as much as £6,000.

Newcastle-based Alzheimer’s Society community fundraiser Rebecca Scott said: "We need the help and support of the people of County Durham to build on last year’s success.

"Memory Walk is a great event aimed at people living with dementia, their families and their carers, and anyone who wants to support Alzheimer’s Society.

"The walk is for all generations of people who want to walk and remember the person they may have lost to dementia.

“It is a very emotional event which brings friends and family together, united in their efforts to raise awareness and sponsorship to fight dementia."

The Durham Memory Walk is one of 70 taking place around the UK to raise money for the charity.

For further details contact the Alzheimer’s Society Chester-le-Street office on 0191-389-0400 or to register visit www.memorywalk.org.uk/countydurham