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Issue: July at  25 July 2013

Storms Merseyside's Memory Lane!

Bootiful - L-R community fundraiser Fran D'Arcy with singer Lilli Moore accompanied by Tony and Dot Jackson launching the Alzheimer's Society Aintree Memory Walk.

SINGER Lilli Moore turns the clock back at 11am, Tuesday, 23 July 2013, to launch Alzheimer's Society's Aintree Memory Walk. Hundreds of people are being urged to sign up at:-; for the Merseyside event which last year was the biggest in the country. Lilli has produced a CD and download featuring 6 songs on her new album Memory Lane; with all profits going to Alzheimer's Society.

Lilli, (22) of Windermere Road, Wirral, whose Nan Mary lived with Alzheimer's, said:- "I've mainly recorded songs from the 1920s through to the forties that we both loved; Doris Day is my idol. We watched her films together, particularly Calamity Jane!"

Her Nan, who died 2 years ago aged 74, had always been light hearted with a great memory for dates, but dementia took its toll and she became forgetful.

Lilli, who has been singing professionally for 4 years, said:- "Alzheimer's destroys lives. I put the album together because the Society is such a worthy cause and the work it does is absolutely brilliant."

Lilli will perform at the flagship Aintree Memory Walk, being held in partnership with Bupa Care Homes, at the racecourse on Sunday, 8 September 2013.

Tracks including Going Back, Summertime and Sentimental Journey have featured in a video filmed for Memory Lane at a 1940's style steam railway war time weekend. She said:- "Going back is what Alzheimer's does; it is about going back to childhood memories, which is what was happening to my Nan."

Alzheimer's Society Community Fundraiser, Fran D'Arcy, said:- "Support for our Aintree Memory Walk is fabulous and this year hundreds of people will be able to hear Lilli and take a step down Memory Lane. More than 16,000 people across Merseyside are living with dementia. We hope families will again turn out in force to help us the fight the disease. Aintree Memory Walk is hugely important; it's our biggest fundraiser as well as vital in raising awareness of the damage and heartache caused by Alzheimer's. We really appreciate the fabulous work Lilli is doing to help us and the fact she is so young is brilliant. It shows more than anything that this is all about families. Thanks to the backing of Bupa Care Homes, Alzheimer's Society is able to raise even more money to support people with dementia."

Supporters of the walk include Dot Jackson and her husband Tony, of Mossley Hill, a former steel fixer on high buildings, who was in his late 50s when signs of dementia began to show.

Dot said:- "We were in a local pub at Christmas and Tony went to the bar to buy a drink and never came back. He had gone home, gone to bed and forgotten I was there. I went home and was locked out. The next day our son brought me back and Tony was all upset because he didn't know where I was. He answered the door with tears running down his face. He had woken up thinking I had gone away somewhere. Dementia is a horrific disease, it has an impact not only on the person with the diagnosis but also on the whole family. The disease is life changing. It is hard to put into words how bad you feel about what's happening. It's devastating. Alzheimer's Society has been brilliant and very supportive. With more and more people becoming aware of dementia I hope hundreds of walkers will come along to Aintree Memory Walk and help in any way they can."

Jan O'Harlan, Home Manager at Ennerdale Nursing Centre in Liverpool, said:- "This is the 3rd year that Bupa's care homes have helped deliver the Aintree Memory Walk, to provide valuable support for people who are living with dementia. That's why our staff, who care for people with the condition, will be getting behind the Walk this September and encouraging our residents' families and friends, who have been personally affected by the condition, to get walking to raise valuable funds."

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