A YOUNG carer from Bearsden has enlisted the help of some of Scotland’s top celebrities to support his 10k Memory Walk event on Sunday.
Kris Rodden and 20 of his friends and family will undertake a 10k walking challenge to help raise money for Alzheimer Scotland’s Dementia Resource Centre, recently opened in his home town.
He said: ”At the young age of 59, my mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. This once independent and career-focused lady has become a different person - the disease is slowly taking away her dignity in front of my very eyes. She can no longer take care of herself without the help of her carers.
“As a carer and son, I want to raise awareness of this disease and help fund the much-needed services provided by Alzheimer Scotland.”
Kris hopes to raise money to support the work of Alzheimer Scotland across Glasgow and East Dunbartonshire and has received many words of encouragement and support from some of Scotland’s best-known stars
Taggart star Blythe Duff said: “Alzheimer’s is an illness that affects the whole family. More support and understanding is needed across the board, for sufferers and their loved ones.”
Libby McArthur, who plays Gina in River City, said: “All too often the family and carers that deal with this tragic illness work tirelessly to not only raise funds but also raise awareness of how difficult it is for everyone involved. I wish Kris, his friends and family all the best for a truly brilliant cause.”
Tom Urie, who plays Big Bob in River City and Davie Anderson, who starred in City Lights, have agreed to go along on Sunday to see everyone off at the starting line at Bellahouston Park at 10am. Bearsden MSP Fiona McLeod and her dog Rhona will also be amongst those walking to raise awareness of dementia in Scotland as will Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.
Kris is raising money online at www.justgiving.com/Kris-Rodden if you would like to support him, you can donate now by texting KRIS84 £2 to 70070.