BEARSDEN carer Kris Rodden has helped to raise around £1,500 for local Alzheimer’s care following a sponsored 10k Memory Walk at the weekend.
Big-hearted Kris took up the challenge to help fund the Alzheimer Scotland’s Dementia Resource Centre on Milngavie Road, Bearsden. The cause is one dear to his heart as his mum was diagnosed with the disease three years ago.
Kris has been her full-time career since then, while balancing a full-time job with Aviva.
The tireless 27-year-old paid tribute to everyone who came out on Sunday, those who made donations and to the many who passed on messages of support.
He said: “The event was just terrific. It was a great turnout on the day and hopefully it will serve to help affected families.
“It has been great to see so many people helping out and a number of celebrities were able to lend their hands to the cause.
“I remember when my mum was first diagnosed, it was as if she was simply written off and never really given much comfort and information.
“I had to do a lot of research myself which is just crazy, so my main aim is to help carers and patients to get the support they need.”
The success of the walk could see Kris organising a full calendar of events in the new year, such as a massive summer walk through Edinburgh and even a benefit concert.
He added: “The walk was intended to raise awareness and to help fund my local centre but it seems to have grown legs and we could be set for a busy year in 2012.
“Ideally now we are hoping to organise a number of events along with Alzheimer’s Scotland to help fund support for families affected by dementia.”
Kris was accompanied by 25 friends and family members as he set off from Bellahouston Park on Sunday morning.
But they weren’t alone as the two-hour trek attracted a number of famous faces to the starting line.
River City’s Tom Urie came out to show his support and pledged to help organise future events.
The actor gave a brief address before the walk where he spoke about his mum who has been diagnosed with dementia.
Kris’s campaign sparked an outpouring of goodwill from other big names such as Taggart star Blythe Duff and TV presenter Michelle McManus.
Bearsden MSP Fiona McLeod lent her support by taking part in the walk along with her dog Rona.
She said: “Anything I can do to raise awareness about dementia and help Kris raise money to support Alzheimer Scotland’s Dementia Resource Centre in Bearsden I will do.
“Helping Kris on Sunday was literally ‘a walk in the park’ for Rona and I, and we were very happy to help.”