A CITY man says he hopes a fundraising walk he is organising in memory of his partner’s mum, can grow to become a large annual event.

Alzheimer’s Society’s Memory Walks are held across the country and thousands take part to raise cash for the research charity for people with dementia.

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Marc Butler, who lives in Barbourne with girlfriend Sharon Watkins, said he was surprised to find the nearest event was Cheltenham - so the family decided to organise an event themselves.

“I met Sharon seven years ago,” the 38-year-old said.

“Sadly I have never knew Sharon’s mum, Janet, without dementia, and she passed away a couple of years ago.

"That brought it home for us, it is amazing when you speak to people about it, you find out so many lives are affected by Alzheimer’s.

"We saw the walks being advertised on TV, but there was nothing close.

"Worcester is a great city, we are so lucky to live here - look at the fundraising for Oscar. So we thought 'lets organise a walk for Worcester'.”

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Mr Butler said in just a few days they have got up to around 50 people signed up, and staff at the Anchor Inn have generously offered their Boat house room to support the walk, serving hot pork rolls for walkers to enjoy and raise extra cash.

“We have an initial £500 target, so we want as many people as possible to come along," Mr Butler said.

"You can sign up, or turn up on the day. Hopefully it can take off. We are organising it on the charity’s behalf but (if successful) Alzheimer’s Society could even organise the event next year.”

The walk is being held on Saturday, October 26, between 11am and 2pm, starting and ending at the Diglis pub.

For more details visit justgiving.com/fundraising/marc-butler2.