PENNINGTON Flash has been revealed as the venue for the first of this year’s Memory Walks raising money for the Alzheimer’s Society.

In previous years, the council-organised Memory Walks have usually been held at Pennington Hall Park in the autumn, but this year's fundraiser will take place at the Flash on Sunday, June 9.

The switch to the nearby nature reserve in summer is hoped to make the walk bigger and better in the hope of raising further funds to help individuals and families living with dementia.

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Councillor Chris Ready, Wigan Council’s cabinet portfolio holder for communities and neighbourhoods, said: “Last year we proved our Memory Walk was no ‘flash’ in the pan as we celebrated our 10th anniversary with a record number of people taking part.

“We’re not resting on our laurels, however, and we’re determined to go the extra mile by making our Leigh event the biggest and best it’s ever been!

“Pennington Flash is one of our borough’s best-loved beauty spots and the perfect place to go walking at any time of year.

“But June won’t just be about connecting with nature and enjoying the incredible scenery and wildlife – we’ll also be raising invaluable funds to support local families affected by dementia.”

The Bolton News: The change in location will hopefully raise more money for the Alzheimer's SocietyThe change in location will hopefully raise more money for the Alzheimer's Society (Image: Wigan Council)
The event promises to be one of the biggest organised walks ever staged at Pennington Flash, matching the scale of previous Memory Walks at Haigh Woodland Park which will also stage its own fundraiser on Sunday, September 22.

Participants will be able to choose from a pleasant 5km (3.1 mile) walk or a shorter stroll suitable for anyone.

There will be other family-friendly activities on the day too - including facepainting and a fun orienteering challenge for children who can also enjoy the reserve’s fantastic new adventure playground.

Cllr Ready added: “Our Pennington Flash Memory Walk will be a great day out for all the family – one that will also make a massive difference to the lives of thousands of local people.

“Last year, through donations and people getting their friends and family to sponsor them to take part, we were able to raise more than £4,000 for the Alzheimer's Society.

“No matter what you can give or raise, big or small, every ‘Penny’ we raise at the Flash counts… so please sign up, put your best foot forward and walk with us for a world without dementia!”

The Memory Walk is free to join and anyone who registers in advance will be guaranteed a certificate of participation. Sign up now here. People can also make a donation to the official Just Giving page here.