MORE than 200 people have gathered in Llandudno to put their best foot forward for dementia and Alzheimer's.

The annual Llandudno Memory walk from the Lifeboat station to the pier saw 261 people from around North Wales raise £2124 for the Alzheimer's Society.

The Mayor of Llandudno cllr Angela O’Grady and the Mayoress Cllr Janet Jones, opened the walk with this year’s Miss Alice, Milly Woodyatt and the event also welcomed dementia advocates Chris and Jayne Roberts of Rhuddlan, who were featured in BBC Panorama's Living with Dementia, Chris’s Story.

Lucie Williams, community relations and recruitment manager for Home Instead Senior Care and walk organiser, said:"This year saw more families and youngsters joining the walk , which is lovely to see.

"It’s vital that the next generation are learning about this disease from a young age, in order to help break the stigma attached to Dementia. Dementia can affect anyone at any age, people as young as 20 can be diagnosed with dementia."

In addition to the walk, the bulk of the funds were raised through prize draw which was supported by 23 businesses in the area.

The event also featured entertainment from long time supporter DJ Ian turners, as well as from DJ Jonny Williams at the start of the walk for the first time and Inferno Fire thrower Chesley Hillier entertaining the crowd at the end of the walk. The event was also supported by Llandudno RNLI.

However, it wasn't just for the walk itself that saw supporters rally around the event.

Ms Williams added: "Due to my promotion and workload, I wasn’t going to organise the Memory Walk this year, however a few weeks ago, I started receiving calls and emails from people asking when it was.

"I normally start planning the walk in March so it was a tight squeeze to get bring it all together in just five weeks. Each year our Memory Walk has grown. Just days before the walk, I was low on volunteers.

"I was so grateful to my friends from my Dementia Friendly Abergele Group, Cartrefi Conwy, work colleagues and personal friends for stepping in and help me bring it all together on the day. I couldn’t have done it without them."

"Many of our clients have Dementia, so raising awareness and bringing people together really matters to us.