Why we volunteer
We simply couldn't have Memory Walk if it wasn't for our hard-working and generous volunteers. Just a few hours of your time means so much to Alzheimer's Society and to families living with dementia.
We asked some volunteers from previous years why they signed up and how they felt about their experiences.
“I got involved with Alzheimer’s Society when my Granddad was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease a few years ago. In a nutshell, Memory Walk is empowering. In 2017 it was especially difficult as I arrived and saw I had several missed calls from my mother. I called her back and that's when she told me that my Granddad had passed in the night. He was the reason I was there volunteering for Memory Walk, so it was very bittersweet.
But the atmosphere was so electric, therapeutic and empowering I decided to stick my commitment out, and do my very best as a Route Marshall. I shouted, I cheered, and I whooped for all of the walkers, and I knew my Granddad would have been pleased I stayed. If you know someone who has been affected by Dementia, then you will find nothing more therapeutic than attending a Memory Walk.”
“I volunteered at both the London and Watford Memory Walk’s. I do not have personal experience with dementia, but having worked at Alzheimer's Society, I have huge admiration for the work that they do and the opportunity to volunteer at Memory Walk is not one I could miss! The experience was absolutely fantastic; I met amazing new people, had great conversations, and learnt about some truly brilliant stories.
The role is varied, as I got to help setup the event site, put out medals, work on stalls, and cheer on walkers! The people I met really inspired me to get involved in volunteering in more ways as well. I highly recommend Memory Walk to everybody looking for a unique and moving experience!”
Christopher and Pete Bryant-Hall
"Pete and I volunteered at Manchester Memory Walk after confronting and dealing with some of our own recent health problems and, whilst having made steady recoveries, we really wanted to give something back to a good cause and community. The whole volunteering experience was so moving for us, especially when we saw people putting their memories on the memory tree to celebrate their loved ones. It was a day full of emotion, pride, determination and joy.
We aimed to put all of our enthusiasm into our route marshalling, giving everyone a proper frantic cheer and encouragement! We even brought along our union jack flags and picnic chairs to make the most of the sun! What is great about volunteering at Memory Walk is that you really feel like you are making an important contribution to the day and to a fantastic cause. Overall, the whole day lifts your spirits and makes you feel empowered and humble”.