H’ANGUS the monkey will officially open a week of dementia awareness raising activities and events across Hartlepool this weekend.
The Hartlepool United mascot will be at the launch event to mark the start of national Dementia Awareness Week – 15th to 21st May.
The Tees and Hartlepool Yacht Club will host a range of activities on Saturday, 14th May, including the Move a Memory Mile community walk.
Registration for the walk begins at 9:30am for a 10:30am start. It has been made accessible to all – with 1.5, 3 and 4.5 mile variations available – to encourage participation.
Walkers are also invited to the Push the Boat Out sailing taster sessions, among other free activities and entertainment throughout the day.
Staff and elderly residents from Queens Meadow Care Home, on Stockton Road, will be taking part in the walk.
Julie Armstrong, manager at the care home, said: “Our residents and staff are really excited to take part in the Walk a Memory Mile event on Saturday. We’d love to see as many people as possible join us.
“The event kicks off an exciting week of activities and events across Hartlepool to raise awareness of dementia. We’re pleased to be working closely with the North of Teesside Dementia Collaborative on the events.”
Dementia Awareness Week events taking place throughout the week:
9:30am to 4pm, Saturday, 14th May 2016
Launch event and community walk
Tees and Hartlepool Yacht Club, Fleet Avenue
1pm to 3pm, Monday, 16th May 2016
Functional fitness activity session
Brierton Sports Centre, Catcote Road
1pm to 3pm, Thursday, 19th May 2016
Nordic walking taster session
Summerhill Country Park, Summerhill Lane
1pm to 4pm, Friday, 20th May 2016
Celebrating Dementia Friendly Hartlepool event
Borough Hall, Middlegate
For further information on Dementia Awareness Week events across Hartlepool, contact Hartlepool Borough Council’s Sport and Recreation Service on 01429 284054 or email SPAT@hartlepool.gov.uk.