HUNDREDS of fundraisers are heading to the Ayrshire coast to put their best foot forward.

They are gathering at the promenade to stage the Prestwick Memory Walk in aid of Alzheimer Scotland on Sunday, September 10.

It is one of 17 walks taking place across Scotland to raise vital funds in support of people living with dementia.

There will also be a chance to pay tribute to someone special who is living with dementia, or who has passed away.

Whether you stride, stroll or toddle, the event will provide a great opportunity for people to come together to help support services across Ayrshire.

The route is 5k (3.2miles) long and perfect for all ages and abilities. As well as being wheelchair, buggy and also dog-friendly, there’s no reason why the entire family can’t enjoy the great outdoors.

On the day there will also be bake sales, bouncy castle, face painting and a samba band, called Beat That.

Amy McLaughlan, East Ayrshire’s community fundraiser for Alzheimer Scotland, said: “We are thrilled to be holding a Memory Walk for the first time in the beautiful setting of Prestwick beach.

“Over the past few years our walks have grown in popularity and it just shows how passionate our local community is to support us in our mission to help make sure nobody lives with dementia alone.

“The day can be mixed with emotions but is also a very uplifting and fun for everyone involved.”

More than 3,000 people walked in Scotland last year and the charity is confident of increasing that number, including Anna Devine, director of fundraising.

She added: said: “With around 90,000 people living with the condition, dementia is undoubtedly the biggest health and social care challenge faced by society today.

“Each week Alzheimer Scotland invests over £115,000 to maintain support and community activities for people living with dementia in Scotland.

“With your support we can make a real and tangible difference to the lives of thousands of people by helping us to safeguard vital projects and activities.

“Whether you’re fundraising in honour of a parent, grandparent, partner or friend, together we can take action and raise vital funds and make a real and tangible difference to the lives of people in your communities.”

Registration is £10 for adult walkers, £5 for 12-16 year olds and under 12s can walk for free.

Visit to find out more and to register.

If you have any questions about dementia and of the services available in East Ayrshire visit call Alzheimer Scotland’s free 24 hour helpline on 0808 808 3000.