SLIDESHOW: Sheffield fundraisers take part in record-breaking Memory Walk

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Thousands of people laced up their walking boots and descended on a South Yorkshire beauty spot to take part in a trek in aid of Alzheimer’s this weekend.

Fundraisers of all ages flocked to Rother Valley Country Park for the biggest ever Alzheimer’s Society Sheffield Memory Walk on Saturday morning.

Alzheimers Society Memory Walk at Rother Valley Country Park in Sheffield'Saturday 3rd October 2015'TV star Richard McCourt lends his support to Alheimers Society after losing his own mum to Early Onset Dementia'Picture Dean Atkins

Alzheimers Society Memory Walk at Rother Valley Country Park in Sheffield'Saturday 3rd October 2015'TV star Richard McCourt lends his support to Alheimers Society after losing his own mum to Early Onset Dementia'Picture Dean Atkins

The record-breaking 2,500 people who took part were hoping to walk their way to raising more than £180,000 for the charity.

This year’s Memory Walk was opened by the charity’s ambassador and Sheffield-born TV star Richard McCourt – who said the cause was one very close to his heart.

The Dick and Dom in Da Bungalow presenter told The Star: “I lost my mum to early onset dementia, which is why I’m an ambassador for the charity.

“It’s been a massive moment for me to see so many people wanting to help and support the Alzheimer’s Society.

“I hope by doing this we can support people, and their carers.

“I come back to Sheffield about once a month, and it’s so great to be able to come back for something like this.”

Another aim of the charity trek was to create awareness of dementia, which affects around 17,000 people in South Yorkshire.

Alzheimer’s Society regional operations manager Judith King said the day had been a great success.

She said: “The atmosphere was incredible, you had lots of people who all came together because someone they love has been affected by dementia.”

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