Gerry Anderson & Virgil Tracy launch Memory Walk

28th June 2012

Gerry Anderson and the Thunderbirds' Virgil Tracy have launched Memory Walk with the Alzheimer's Society

Fanderson members will want to support Gerry Anderson who, accompanied by Virgil Tracy, officially launched Memory Walk near his home in Henley this week.

Gerry, who was diagnosed 18 months ago, spoke publicly for the first time about the condition: "I was upset when I found out I had dementia but I try to stay positive and enjoy every day. My dementia hasn't just affected me; it's affected my friends and family too. That's why I'm encouraging people to sign up for Memory Walk and help Alzheimer's Society support so many other people with my condition."

Jeremy Hughes, Chief Executive of Alzheimer's Society, said: "We're so grateful to Gerry for supporting Memory Walk. By speaking out about his dementia he's spreading the message much further that it can happen to anyone. Memory Walk is Alzheimer's Society's flagship fundraising event which sees walks taking place around the UK throughout September. Please join Gerry by signing up for Memory Walk and help us fight dementia together."

Memory Walk is being held in partnership with Bupa Care Homes and provides an excellent opportunity for families to spend time together at the weekend whilst helping raise money to support people with dementia. From shorter walks to Memory Walk 'marathons' there's something available for the whole family.

There are currently 800,000 people living with dementia in the UK. The money raised by Memory Walk will help support people with dementia all over the country.

Manchester 9th September
Portsmouth 15th September
Gloucester 16th September
Surrey 16th September
Hertfordshire 16th September
Cardiff 16th September
Dudley 22nd September
Brighton 22nd September
London 23rd September
Belfast 23rd September
Aintree 23rd September
York 23rd September
Nottingham 23rd September
Tyneside 30th September
Leeds Castle 30th September
Windsor 13th October

To register for Memory Walk 2012 visit

Alzheimer's Society supports people to live well with dementia today and funds research to find a cure for tomorrow. They rely on voluntary donations to continue their vital work. You can donate now by calling 0845 306 0898 or visiting

Alzheimer's Society also provides a National Dementia Helpline on 0845 300 0336 or visit

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