Dagenham cousins walk in memory of granddad

PUBLISHED: 16:18 03 October 2014 | UPDATED: 16:18 03 October 2014

Katie Shaw and Amy Fletcher

Katie Shaw and Amy Fletcher

Al Overdrive

Two cousins are urging people with memory issues to visit a doctor after it took years for their granddad to be diagnosed with dementia.

Katie Shaw and Amy Fletcher, from Dagenham, wore tutus to take part in the Alzheimer’s Society Memory Walk in Victoria Park in memory of Charles Allen Taylor, who died in June aged 79 years old.

Katie, 16, said: ‘We were all very upset about my granddad’s diagnosis, but he only got it about a month before he passed away. He had been displaying symptoms, such as forgetting things and getting lost if he ventured out to the local shops, for a number of years beforehand. It was very sad to see as he had been used to being very independent.”

The pair raised about £250 between them and the event as a whole is expected to raise more than £50,000.

The walk was started by comedian Meera Syal and actresses Sandra Voe and Jossette Simon.

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