Rona joins Milngavie memory walkers in aid of Alzheimer Scotland

RONA Mackay has thanked the organisers of the Alzheimer Scotland memory walk in Milngavie for allowing her to open the event.

The Strathkelvin and Bearsden MSP said he was “privileged” to start off the walk and said the charity is for a “very important cause”.

The event took place on Saturday August 27 at the Water Works in Milngavie and more than 100 walkers took part – all raising money for Alzheimer Scotland.

Ms Mackay said: “It was an absolute privilege to open and attend the memory walk in aid of Alzheimer Scotland. It’s a very important cause as more and more people are affected by dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. I was energised by the enthusiasm of the organisers and walkers – I really praise the East Dunbartonshire branch for making this spectacular event happen.”





Rona at the memory walk

Arlene Crocket, policy and engagement manager at Alzheimer Scotland’s East Dunbartonshire group, said: “We need hundreds of people to walk with us to challenge dementia once and for all. Together we can make a huge difference to the lives of people living with dementia and their carers across the region and further support our mission that no one should live with dementia alone.

“Dementia is the biggest health and social care challenge faced by society today. There are more than 90,000 people living with dementia in Scotland and around 76% of Scots know someone who has the illness or cares for someone with dementia. The money raised from the Milngavie Memory Walk will be used to support local dementia services.”

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Rona Mackay was elected in May 2016 with a 8,100 majority in Strathkelvin and Bearsden.

Prior to this, she was a journalist in national newspapers for more than 20 years, before becoming Parliamentary Assistant to Clydebank and Milngavie MSP Gil Paterson, with whom she worked for nine years before becoming elected.

 

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