It was an emotional day for one Eastbourne family last week as they took part in the Alzheimer’s Society’s Memory Walk to remember their late mother.
Doreen Boxall, who used to work on Eastbourne Buses, passed away in March earlier this year, aged 79.
Three of her seven children, Sheila Barrett, Lynne Boxall and Di Tween, all took to the streets of Brighton to complete the walk in her memory.
Sheila said, “It was a very emotional day for us but we wanted to take part and do it for my mum.
“She died with Alzheimer’s and we all think it’s so important that people fundraise for Alzheimer’s Society so they can continue their research into treatments and hopefully one day, a cure.”
Doreen’s husband Richard, who lives on St Leonards Road in Eastbourne, was there proudly supporting his three daughters and added, “Doreen and I were married 60 years and she passed just before our 61st anniversary.
“I miss her very much. I am pleased I could come here to support my daughters in their fundraising efforts and I know their mum would be very proud.”
The walk, which wound its way through Brighton city centre, past the pier, onto the seafront towards the marina and then back to the pavilion, was completed by over 500 people, many of whom were there for family members who either live with or have passed away with dementia. It was hoped the day would raise £30,000 for the Alzheimer’s Society.
The starting ribbon was cut by actor John Altman, best known for his role as nasty Nick Cotton in EastEnders, who also completed the 10km distance.
He said, “It’s been a fantastic day. It was great to spend a couple of hours walking round Brighton and meeting some inspirational people, many of whom have moving stories.”