Boy organises charity walk in memory of grandfather

Jacob with mum Karen and grandfather Anthony Gallagher.

A Richmond-six-year-old boy is helping to organise a charity walk in memory of his grandfather and others who have suffered dementia.

Six-year old Jacob Andrews was only three when his granddad Anthony Gallagher died.

Jacob can still remember him, and as he has got older and understands a little more about dementia he wanted to raise awareness and funds to help combat this condition.

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So, with the help of his mum Karen he has set up a local Memory Walk at Catterick Racecourse

The 5km Memory Walk will take place at Catterick Racecourse at 11am on Sunday, October 7.

Participants can either come along and join in the walk or sponsor someone on it, or even just come and cheer them on.

5km is the equivalent of 3 times round the racecourse and there’s a pushchair friendly track.

Responsible dog owners are welcome too.

Jacob has already written to the mayor of Richmond, Jonathan Preece, who has agreed to join in what the family says will be a relaxed, fun, fundraising walk.

At the end of the walk Jacob’s dad, Andy, will shave off his beard.

There will also be tea, coffee and cakes, with donations welcomed.

All money raised will go to the Alzheimer’s Society.

TEXT Donations can be made to JACP47 followed by the amount eg £3, £5,£10 etc to 70070

Entry is free but participants need to register.

For more details on the event and making a donation click here.