People across Wigtownshire are being urged to lace up their walking shoes to help raise vital funds for people with dementia and their families.

Alzheimer Scotland’s Memory Walk in Wigtownshire is at Dunskey estate near Portpatrick on Sunday September 18.

It offers locals the chance to support fundraising for the Dementia Resource Centre planned for Stranraer this coming winter.

Work has already started at the site on Sun Street and progress is stepping up to create new space for dementia day care, community and carers groups, as well as a Dementia café and an educational base.

Memory Walks are open to walkers of all ages and abilities, as well as being wheelchair, buggy and also dog-friendly, so there’s no reason the entire family can’t make it the perfect day out.

The first Wigtownshire Memory Walk offers walkers the chance to explore the grounds around the estate, as well as enjoying the gardens at Dunskey.

Clare Stroyan, a spokeswoman for Alzheimer Scotland, said: “We are all very excited about our first Memory Walk event and we need as many local people as possible to come along and challenge dementia, celebrate loved ones, and enjoy a fantastic day out in the beautiful Scottish outdoors. Together we can make a huge difference to the lives of people living with dementia and their families across the region.

“All funds raised from the walk will go towards our services to support people living with dementia in Wigtownshire and refurbish the new dementia resource centre.”

The five-kilometre walk is accessible to all, including wheelchairs and prams.

“Come along on the day and enjoy the beautiful hidden gems at the estate including a walled garden, a wonderful maze to explore, the manicured grounds, woodlands, lochs and an ever changing palette of colour,” Clare said. “Dogs kept on a lead at all times, are welcome to join in too.”

Other attractions on the day will include a bouncy castle, live entertainment and local craft and merchandise stalls. The Dunskey Garden tea room will also be open offering refreshments.

Registration is £10 for adult walkers, £5 for 12-16 year olds and under 12s can walk for free. Alzheimer Scotland is asking participants to raise £100 in sponsorship.  Visit www.memorywalksscotland.org to find out more and to register.