Walkers take to streets of Ipswich to raise money for Alzheimer’s Research UK

Walkers on the route. Picture GARY DONNISON

Walkers on the route. Picture GARY DONNISON - Credit: Archant

More than 100 walkers took to the streets of Ipswich today to help the fight against Alzheimer’s disease.

The walkers for a walk at the halfway point at Ipswich Town Football Club. Picture: GARY DONNISON

The walkers for a walk at the halfway point at Ipswich Town Football Club. Picture: GARY DONNISON - Credit: Archant

The second Ipswich Alzheimer’s and Dementia Walk began at midday, with 121 participants taking on the 10-mile route to raise money for Alzheimer’s Research UK.

'Josie's Tea Cosy's' taking part in the walk. Lisa Orchard, left, and sister Caroline Aust, right, t

'Josie's Tea Cosy's' taking part in the walk. Lisa Orchard, left, and sister Caroline Aust, right, took part in the walk in memory of their mum, Josie, with their sister-in-law, Carol George and neice, Julie Giles. Picture: JULIE GILES - Credit: Archant

The charity walk started from the James Hehir Building on the town’s Waterfront and takes in some of the town’s historic sites.

Walkers on the route. Picture GARY DONNISON

Walkers on the route. Picture GARY DONNISON - Credit: Archant

The event has already raised more than £13,700, with more money expected over the coming days through t-shirt sales.

Ipswich deputy mayor Roger Fern addresses the walkers. Picture: MICHAEL STEWARD

Ipswich deputy mayor Roger Fern addresses the walkers. Picture: MICHAEL STEWARD - Credit: Archant

Jessica Baldry, event manager, said: “It is an outstanding turnout yet again. It’s very reassuring to see just how many people are supporting the fight against dementia.

Ipswich deputy mayor Roger Fern. Picture: GARY DONNISON

Ipswich deputy mayor Roger Fern. Picture: GARY DONNISON - Credit: Archant

“There are many features along the way and it’s great to see so many people supporting the event.”

Participants at the Ipswich Alzheimer's and Dementia Walk. Picture: MICHAEL STEWARD

Participants at the Ipswich Alzheimer's and Dementia Walk. Picture: MICHAEL STEWARD - Credit: Archant

The event was supported by a number of businesses in town and Ipswich deputy mayor Roger Fern addressed the walkers prior to the start.

The Pound Gates team prepare to start. Picture: GARY DONNISON

The Pound Gates team prepare to start. Picture: GARY DONNISON - Credit: Archant

Walkers start the 10-mile event from Ipswich Waterfront. Picture GARY DONNISON

Walkers start the 10-mile event from Ipswich Waterfront. Picture GARY DONNISON - Credit: Archant

The walkers make their way along the Waterfront at the start of the event. Picture: GARY DONNISON

The walkers make their way along the Waterfront at the start of the event. Picture: GARY DONNISON - Credit: Archant

Walkers smile for the camera. Picture: GARY DONNISON

Walkers smile for the camera. Picture: GARY DONNISON - Credit: Archant

Walkers on the route. Picture: GARY DONNISON

Walkers on the route. Picture: GARY DONNISON - Credit: Archant

Participants at the Ipswich Alzheimer's and Dementia Walk. Picture: GARY DONNISON

Participants at the Ipswich Alzheimer's and Dementia Walk. Picture: GARY DONNISON - Credit: Archant

Participants at the Ipswich Alzheimer's and Dementia Walk. Picture: GARY DONNISON

Participants at the Ipswich Alzheimer's and Dementia Walk. Picture: GARY DONNISON - Credit: Archant

Participants at the Ipswich Alzheimer's and Dementia Walk. Picture: MICHAEL STEWARD

Participants at the Ipswich Alzheimer's and Dementia Walk. Picture: MICHAEL STEWARD - Credit: Archant

Participants at the Ipswich Alzheimer's and Dementia Walk. Picture: GARY DONNISON

Participants at the Ipswich Alzheimer's and Dementia Walk. Picture: GARY DONNISON - Credit: Archant

Walkers start the race at Ipswich Waterfront. Picture: GARY DONNISON

Walkers start the race at Ipswich Waterfront. Picture: GARY DONNISON - Credit: Archant

The 121 walkers pose for a group photograph prior to the start of the event. Picture: GARY DONNISON

The 121 walkers pose for a group photograph prior to the start of the event. Picture: GARY DONNISON - Credit: Archant

Event manager Jessica Baldry speaks at the start of the event. Picture: GARY DONNISON

Event manager Jessica Baldry speaks at the start of the event. Picture: GARY DONNISON - Credit: Archant

Graham Pinder (left) and Steve Pinder-Banthorpe. Picture: GARY DONNISON

Graham Pinder (left) and Steve Pinder-Banthorpe. Picture: GARY DONNISON - Credit: Archant

The walking team from Woodlands - the mental health unit at Ipswich Hospital. Picture: GARY DONNISON

The walking team from Woodlands - the mental health unit at Ipswich Hospital. Picture: GARY DONNISON - Credit: Archant

Participants at the Ipswich Alzheimer's and Dementia Walk. Picture: MICHAEL STEWARD

Participants at the Ipswich Alzheimer's and Dementia Walk. Picture: MICHAEL STEWARD - Credit: Archant