Second Ipswich Defeat Dementia Walk to take place today

Walkers taking part in last year's event. Picture: ARCHANT

Walkers taking part in last year's event. Picture: ARCHANT - Credit: Archant

Hundreds of walkers will take to the streets of Ipswich today for a 10-mile hike to raise money for charity and show support for those living with dementia.

The route for the 2017 Defeat Dementia Walk in Ipswich

The route for the 2017 Defeat Dementia Walk in Ipswich - Credit: Archant

The second Ipswich Defeat Dementia Walk will start from the Waterfront at 12noon and this year has attracted a new charity partner, Alzheimer’s Research UK, and increased the number of walkers by 200.

The event has been set up by volunteers Jessica Baldry, Hilary Fulton, Victoria Meadows and Rory Marriott and in its inaugural year collected a massive £22,000.

Ms Baldry has previously said: “What started as a fundraiser for family and friends quickly escalated into a regional initiative; we are all walking for someone close to us and the 10-mile walk gives us the opportunity to reflect on a loved one and engage with other walkers who have also experienced the speed and severity of dementia.

“The event team and myself are delighted to launch our second walk and are excited to have Alzheimer’s Research UK on board.”

Walkers will make their way from Ipswich Waterfront to Gippeswyk Park, Chantry Park, Ipswich Town Football Club, the town centre, Christchurch Park, Alexandra Park, Holywells Park to the finishing line at Cult Café.