This posts discovers my experience of the Manchester Memory Walk in Heaton Park on 17 September 2016.
Participants: Natasha Bolger, Daniel Guy, Carol Guy, Catherine Sweeney, Ellie Metcalfe, Cameron Metcalfe, Faye Boyd
Spectators: Katie Guy and Tim Metcalfe
Anyone that knows me, will know that I like to take part in fundraising events, especially when the charity is so close to my heart. And today it was the day of the Memory Walk in Manchester – we chose to do the 10k.
We left the house this morning in plenty of time at 9:15am. We parked the car once we arrived at Heaton Park and headed over to the main part when the event was taking place.
Ready for the memory walk
We placed our cards onto our t-shirts, we had already decorated them at home so we just needed to add them to ourselves. Once the other participants arrived, we were all eager to start but of course, there was a little Zumba exercise first, along with music, and a speech from two stars who are currently in Coronation Street – Richard Hawley and Daniel Brocklebank.
There was a cute little white tree where we could place our memory cards in the middle too.
After all of this, we were just excited to start the walk. We knew that we were doing it for such an amazing cause, something so close to all of our hearts. We chatted, had a laugh, (and used a plaster or two along the way) and it was all worth it.
I was being my typical self, thinking of songs to sing. And surrounding the entire journey, we spoke about this, that, and everything.
What a beautiful day
There were some lovely things that people wrote on their cards such as the fact that they were either walking from themselves as a sufferer of dementia, or they were walking for they loved ones, friends, and patients. It was also so inspirational to see people on crutches participating. It goes to show that if you put your mind to it, you can have the strength to get there.
The feeling at the end of the walk was so amazing. I don’t mean the sweat or blistered feet. We felt accomplished. It made it even better that we were blessed with such wonderful weather today and we were all so glad that it did not rain.
I think what made it feel so special was that, we did it together. We were a team and we supported each other the whole way. We wanted to make Kathleen Sweeney proud – and I think we achieved that!
Another thing that stood out to me was my best friend, Faye. Not because of her crazy ways (most like mine in some ways) but it was her presence. She has been through all three charity walks with me that I’ve done, or I should say that, we have done together.
We have completed The Midnight Walk for St. Ann’s Hospice, Nicola’s 5K Walk created by myself for Tommy’s, and now the Memory Walk in association with the Alzheimer’s Society.
Thank you Faye, and thank you to everyone for letting me be a part of such a wonderful and loving family. Let’s remember that Kathleen will be smiling right now and probably telling us to put our feet up and have an apple pie!