Actor Kevin Whately Backs Staying Active to Help Beat Dementia
Walking has taken a back seat through lockdown, with the average UK adult reaching just 2,700 steps a day – a quarter of the recommended amount.
A survey by Alzheimer’s Society shows that in the North East of England, the average daily step count sits just above this national figure, with 44% of those surveyed from the region4 walking less than 1,000 daily steps.
That’s why the charity is encouraging people to break lockdown bad habits and get active to raise money, by signing up to one of its walking events. Among those who have already pledged support is North East actor Kevin Whately.
People can register to do their own Memory Walk anytime in March, or look to challenge themselves with a ready-made 13 or 26-mile trek in the summer in one of five iconic locations across the UK. They are all Covid-19 secure and have all been specially adapted to accommodate social distancing.
Long-time Alzheimer’s Society supporter Kevin Whately will endeavour to take on a Trek26 event for the first time.
The Auf Wiedersehen Pet and Lewis actor, whose mother Mary passed away with dementia in 2009, said: “I know from personal experience the impact dementia has on those affected and their families. Coronavirus has only exacerbated these challenges further for thousands of families affected by the disease in the North East.
“I am lucky enough to have participated in several Memory Walks, which are always a wonderful way to celebrate and remember a loved one who has been impacted by dementia, as well as enjoying the physical and mental benefits of the great outdoors. I’m now looking forward to upping my steps by taking part in one of Alzheimer’s Society’s treks this summer.
You can find out more about Alzheimer’s Society’s Memory Walk events at alzheimers.org.uk/events
- Ken Oxley is Media Officer for the North East, Yorkshire and Lincolnshire
North East, Yorkshire and Lincolnshire