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Vale man walks Wales coastal path for dementia charity

A MAN from Llantwit Major is walking Wales’ entire coastal path to raise money for Alzheimer’s Society Cymru.

Ian Mitchell, 75, and his accountancy firm Mitchell Meredith have already raised more than £3,000 for the people living with dementia.

He began the walk to mark his 75th birthday and is hoping to raise even more money.

Mr Mitchell said: “I am really looking forward to complete even more of the round-Wales coastal path for Alzheimer’s Society Cymru.

“I have completed 25 walks and there are another 47 to go. 

“If you would like to join me on this epic walk, you can contact me through my Just Giving page.

“In February I will be focussing on North Wales and in March Mid Wales and my final walk will be in South Wales.”

Mr Mitchell hopes to have completed all coastal paths in Wales by his next birthday in August 2022 – a distance of more than 870 miles.

Tim Richardson, a fellow director at Mitchell Meredith, said: “We nominated Alzheimer’s Society Cymru because of the amazing work they do supporting people affected by dementia.

“We know that the pandemic has hit people living with dementia the hardest and we wanted to do what we could.

“We are delighted Ian has chosen to walk around Wales to celebrate his very special birthday.”

Mr Mitchell will be selecting paths to walk at random but will be basing his choices on The Wales Coast Path written by Christopher Goddard and Katherine Evans.

He encourages anyone who wishes to join him to get in touch.

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Alzheimer’s Society community fundraiser Andrew Hall said: “It’s wonderful that Ian is giving his time to support Alzheimer’s Society Cymru.

“People with dementia have been worst hit by coronavirus, accounting for over a quarter of all deaths, and many more rapidly deteriorating from the knock-on effects of lockdown.

“It’s never been more important to support the around 50,000 people living with dementia in Wales, with the continued support and generosity of supporters like Ian and Mitchell Meredith, we can make sure people get the information and support they need, through vital services like our Dementia Connect support line.”

To support Mr Mitchell on his walk, visit his JustGiving page here where there are details of how to contact him and options to donate to his cause.

To find out more about how to support Alzheimer’s Society Cymru, visit their website here.

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