Susan Robb joins the ‘purple army’ to cross the Forth Road Bridge for family’s 6th Memory Walk
Susan Robb, from Bonnyrigg Midlothian, is signed up and ready to walk again for Alzheimer Scotland for this year’s Memory Walk Big Weekend 2020 in honour of her mother Anne Stark.
Anne Stark, originally from Leith, Edinburgh is 78 and lives with dementia. We asked her daughter Susan, to tell us what Alzheimer Scotland and the Memory Walk means to her and their family:
“I have taken part in the Midlothian Memory Walk for the past few years to help raise funds for such a fantastic cause and to say thank you for the help we have received for our Mum. Although I am walking for Mum, like many I am walking for everyone who is/has been affected with dementia.
Before moving into her Care Home, Mum attended the Bungalow in Bonnyrigg. At first it was once a week and she had a buddy on another day, but her visits were changed to twice a week. Mum loved going there she enjoyed taking part in all the activities and said it gave her some independence back. It was important to us that she went somewhere where she felt safe, enjoyed and was treated with respect, The Bungalow was the perfect place.”
The Bungalow is one of Alzheimer Scotland’s day services which support people with dementia to help people maintain their skills so that they can stay independent for as long as possible and feel good about themselves.
Day services and day opportunities offer a wide range of activities, including life story work, exercise to music, painting and craft work, musical activities, gardening, baking, discussions and outings. Carers can also benefit from time to themselves while the person they care for enjoys the activity.
The uniqueness of Memory Walk 2020 is that you choose where to walk and Susan has chosen a special location to do so, the Forth Road Bridge, connecting South Queensferry to North Queensferry:
“In 1964, the year the bridge opened, Mum took my brother and I across it. It was the year I was born so I was in my pram! Mum often mentions this so I thought I would do my walk this year across the bridge not once but four times! I’m looking forward to taking lots of photos weather permitting of course.”
We asked Susan what her advice would be to people considering taking part in the Memory Walk Big Weekend and she told us:
“I would highly recommend fundraising by taking part in the Memory Walk. It easy to sign up, quick to set up a JustGiving page and the best thing is being part of the ‘purple army’!”
Susan plans to take advantage of the big weekend taking place over Saturday and Sunday and will chose her day to walk weather dependent.
Good luck to Susan and all our participants taking part in this year’s truly unique Memory Walk Big Weekend.
You can support Susan and her family through their JustGiving page