A COWDENBEATH mum is getting ready to take a walk for dementia on Sunday in memory of her gran.

Michelle Simpson, will put her best foot forward at Lochore Meadows Country Park for a cause close to her heart after the death last week of Chrissie Lee, who was 84.

The lettings manager, and her two boys Oliver, 8, and two-year-old Harry, will take part in the Alzheimer Scotland Fife Memory Walk in her honour.

Michelle, 33, said: “I am totally heartbroken about losing my gran to dementia.

"Gran has always been my best friend and although devastating to lose other family members to the illness, I have found my gran’s experiences particularly difficult over the past few years.

“I took part in the memory walk last year with my two boys and this year I’ll return to walk again in loving memory of my gran, my grandad and great uncle."

She added: "It is vitally important to raise awareness and funds for this cause and this year has a special poignancy for me.

"Dementia isn’t just about forgetting things and getting older. I think dementia is not always seen as the serious and devastating illness which it is.

“I had a wee tear in my eye last year during the walk as it was very emotional and I feel it will be even more this year after losing my gran in the weeks leading up to the walk.”

Families across Fife are being called upon to make their mark for dementia – Scotland’s most pressing public health issue – by signing up to the walk on Sunday.

Alzheimer Scotland’s chief executive, Henry Simmons, said: “Our memory walks are a great way for supporters to raise vital funds with family and friends.

"Every penny raised will go towards our vision – ensuring that nobody faces dementia alone.

"Our localities across Scotland are committed to providing the best possible care, support and information for everyone living with dementia, as well as making sure that people with dementia and their carers are recognised and valued in their local communities.

"Every step you take will help us to make a difference.”

The Fife Memory Walk will take place from noon. The route is suitable for all ages, as well as pushchairs and wheelchairs.

Registration is located by the visitor centre where there will be activities to entertain walkers prior to the walk starting.

Pull on your walking boots and sign up at www.memorywalksscotland.org.

There are around 90,000 people living with dementia in Scotland and it is now estimated that 20,000 people will be diagnosed with the condition every year by 2020. If you have any questions about dementia and of the services available in your area call Alzheimer Scotland’s 24 Hour Helpline on 0808 808 3000.