Michael Folkes, Managing Director of new home care company Caremark (Cheltenham & Tewkesbury) joined hundreds of other walkers earlier in October, in the Cheltenham Memory Walk, showing a united front in the battle against Alzheimer’s disease.
More than 1500 people gathered at Pittville Park in Cheltenham to walk either the 6.5km or 3km walk, raising money and awareness for people struggling with dementia.
Also present and supporting the event was Klara Sudbury, Mayor of Cheltenham.
Councillor Sudbury is very keen to support charity fundraising events, having a particular interest in health and education.
Folkes completed the 6.5km walk, together with partner Jo and their new baby son Edward who seemed unfazed by the crowds of people or the Marshalls in their brightly coloured high viz vests.
“I heard about the walk on the Internet and wanted to support it. We think it’s a very important charity and of course very relevant to our business,” said Folkes.
The new Cheltenham based home care business is currently awaiting registration with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and is expected to start trading very soon.
The Memory Walk was just one of many events which take place throughout the country in a bid to raise £9million in the battle against dementia, with the Cheltenham fundraiser expected to raise £127,000 alone.