Gordon Brown from Nethy Bridge, has signed up to Alzheimer Scotland’s Highlands and Moray Memory Walk this September to help raise awareness and vital funds.
Married for forty years to Anne, the couple moved to Nethy Bridge in 2010 from Glasgow to enjoy their retirement years in the great outdoors. Their lives took a turn soon after when Anne was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2011.
Walking with Gordon and hopefully Anne on the big day will be their walking friends from The Badenoch and Strathspey Ramblers, who incorporated the Memory Walk as part of their programme of walks in support of the couple. Taking place in Inverness on Sunday 2 September, the Memory Walk follows the picturesque Caledonian Canal.
Gordon, said: “My dear wife was diagnosed with early onset dementia at the beginning of 2011 at the age of just 55. Up until recently we have both enjoyed walking together and intended to walk together at the Memory Walk but due to Anne’s current mobility we are taking each day as it comes.
“We were all really surprised when Anne was diagnosed, it really came out of the blue. We made the decision to be open and honest with family and friends from the beginning and it has, on reflection, been the right decision. The small community where we live are very supportive and our family and friends have all been amazing. We have been fortunate enough to have secured support pretty early on with Anne attending a local day care centre three times a week to help give me some breathing space from being a full time carer.
“I have been writing a regular blog about our experiences for the past two years and have been surprised by the attention it has received and have even been contacted from oversees with people going through similar situations.
“Taking part in the Memory Walk gives us the chance to walk alongside others going through the same experiences to help support the work of Alzheimer Scotland, by helping to raise awareness and vital funds.”
Gordon fell in love with Anne after seeing her photograph while visiting her parents’ house. After writing a letter to Anne who was a nurse working away from home in an Ayrshire hospital, Gordon was pleasantly surprised to receive a letter back soon after. The couple were married one year and a day after their first date and went on to have three boys and now have eight grandchildren - the most recent grandchild arriving last year.
Whether you stride, stroll or toddle, the Memory Walk is perfect for all ages and abilities with various lengths of routes across city parks and country walkways. Grab your boots and get ready to make your mark this year at your local Alzheimer Scotland Memory Walk to help make sure nobody faces dementia alone.