High Peak memory walk raises thousands for Alzheimer’s Society

Phil Manfold organised a memory walk to raise funds for the Alzheimer's Society as his wife, Liv,  suffers with the disease.

Phil Manfold organised a memory walk to raise funds for the Alzheimer's Society as his wife, Liv, suffers with the disease.

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A husband brought together a community to walk to remember loved ones and to fight for people’s future.

Phil Manford organised a memory walk around Chinley on Sunday, September 18, to raise vital funds for the Alzheimer’s Society and 120 people turned up raising £2,300.

The group who took part in a memory walk in Chinley for the Alzheimers Society

The group who took part in a memory walk in Chinley for the Alzheimers Society

The charity is close to his heart as his wife, Liv, has been battling the disease for seven years.

He said: “I have been caring for her for a long time but I don’t see it like that, she is my wife and I love her and I made a promise to her on own wedding day to stick around and be there.”

The couple, both aged 61, met 40 years ago when they lived in Disbury, and moved to the High Peak 25 years ago.

They set up a private hire business although swapped careers to become a painting a decorating duo.

Phil said: “We have three boys and with them growing up and doing airport runs we were like ships passing in the night.

“It was great working with someone who is your best friend. Times have changed and Liv isn’t as talkative as she was.”

The walk was a 4.5mile round trip started and finished at the Old Hall Inn.

Phil said: “People used to whisper the word cancer but that stigma has gone now, however it still seems to be attached to mental illness.

“Alzheimer’s and dementia can’t be cured. There are drugs which can slow the illness down but as of yet no cure.

“The walk was for Liv and all the other people in the future in the hope there will one day be a way to stop this heartbreaking disease taking another person.”

To donate to Phil’s walk, Click here.