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 team means so much more 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:
Jayne O'Donoghue, Southampton 2017
I spent the day on the Memory Tag stall helping people write heartfelt messages about who they were walking for and why. It really brought it home to me how difficult it is to have a loved one affected by dementia but also, it was an incredible experience as you realise that you’re not alone in your experience. I volunteered with my brother and my sister, our mother was diagnosed with dementia 6 years ago and we wanted to come together and give something back. I left Memory Walk feeling like I’d really made a difference. I can’t find a cure for dementia, but I can help.
Jon White, Nottingham 2017
I volunteered at Nottingham Memory Walk in 2017 for the first time. It was something I’d been considering for a while as I’d lost my Nan to Alzheimer’s. I volunteered by myself and it was a really great experience. I was a marshal on the route with 3 other people I’d never met before. I’m quite a shy person but we had a great time and it was fun to meet new people! I enjoyed cheering the walkers on, giving them lots of encouragement on their way round the route. It was a great sight to see such a tremendous amount of people of different ages and abilities taking part. You get more out of it than you give in your own time.