11:09am Friday 27th September 2013
OLYMPIC long-jumper Chris Tomlinson will swap his spikes for walking shoes for the Alzheimer’s Society this weekend.
The Middlesbrough-born athlete will join the charity’s Teesside and Darlington Memory Walk, which will take place in Stewart Park, Middlesbrough, on Sunday (September 29) from 11am to raise funds and awareness of dementia.
The father-of-two, 32, said: “Sadly, my both of grandmothers-in-law have dementia so I thought it was high time that I did my bit to support the Alzheimer’s Society.
“It’s a terrible, devastating disease that is affecting more and more people as the populations ages and so I want to help to raise awareness of the condition to make people understand more about the condition.
“Memory Walk sounds like a fantastic day out for all the family so with a bit of luck I will be there with my wife and our two young sons and we’ll help the charity raise funds for the services they provide and research for a cure.”
The Teesside and Darlington Memory Walk – which can be a one-mile or three-mile walk - will also feature a raffle, tombola, teas and coffees and a cake sale.
The meeting place is the entrance to park on Ladgate Lane.
For further information visit the Society’s website page at memorywalk.org.uk
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