Vicky Pattison honors late grandfather with charity walk

TV star Vicky Pattison remembered her late grandfather saying she thought she “made him proud” as she completed a 26-mile charity walk in his honor .

he is the TV star, 34, who was among those walking around Stonehenge to support the Alzheimer’s Association, after her grandfather David died of dementia in February, aged 91.

Former Geordie Shore star and I’m A Celebrity… winner joined her fiance Ercan Ramadan at the weekend event, one of many organized by the charity as part of their Trek26 event taking place across the UK.


Vicky Pattison joined her fiance Ercan Ramadan at the weekend event to support the Alzheimer’s Association.

She told the PA news agency: “He has been very poor for a long time. When he died aged 91, we discovered the first signs of Alzheimer’s disease when he was about 80 years old.

“It’s been a tough 10 years, and I know anyone with a loved one with Alzheimer’s who is familiar with the journey. You will gradually say your goodbyes to them as they lose more and more memories and themselves. “

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, one person develops dementia every three minutes and they estimate that by 2040 there will be 1.6 million people in the UK with the condition.

“I remember how I used to feel, I didn’t want to upset anyone when my grandfather had it and remind him he did everything wrong,” Pattison said. I usually just brush under the carpet when he forgets or doesn’t remember it, either because it’s uncomfortable for you or you don’t want to face the hard truth in the house.

“But you are not doing favors for your loved ones, you need to get the full support and help they need.

“And if you don’t know what that is, contact someone like the Alzheimer’s Society and they can help you, they have a lot of great helplines.

“But mainly what I mean is that people with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, dementia, they’re scared. They’re forgetting things and they know they shouldn’t be. So make sure you hold their hand, make sure you tell them you’re there for them…”

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Funds raised from Trek26 and Memory Walk events go to the charity’s key services, including support service Dementia Connect.

The TV star and presenter, who was crowned Queen of the Jungle in 2015, said: “I admit it, my legs are tired, but I think I made my grandfather proud. while out there… As each step got harder, I felt more determined to revive my fighting spirit and complete the course.

“My heart is filled to see all the other Alzheimer’s supporters with me hiking, united by one mission – to raise as much money and awareness as possible to help people with dementia wisdom.

“I was blown away by the beautiful scenery surrounding Stonehenge and the camaraderie between people who are hiking, or in memory, of their loved ones. We got through it and had a complete boom.

“The Alzheimer’s Society Trek26 events are just one of the many ways you can support charity. If you’re looking to walk fewer miles, there are also plenty of shorter Memory Walks going on this Fall.

“I really encourage people to sign up for an event. I couldn’t bring my grandfather back, but honoring him like this has brought me so much consolation.”

Anyone interested in signing up for one of the Alzheimer’s Association’s 25 Memory Walks this fall can visit Vicky Pattison honors late grandfather with charity walk

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