Norfolk-born, Bafta-winning actress Olivia Colman, joined more than 300 walkers on Saturday at Holkham Hall for the Alzheimer Society’s Memory Walk. The event is hoped to have raised more than £20,000 to help improve the lives of people with dementia and their carers. This was the first time that Olivia had stepped out to support the Society and did so after starring in the series, Exile, and the Margaret Thatcher biopic, The Iron Lady, both of which featured dementia in the storyline. She attended with her parents and the three of them took part in the 3km walk together. Olivia, pictured above at the event with clown Gavin Orchard, said: “Dementia is something which touches many of us and that’s why I’m keen to lend my support to Alzheimer’s Society and Memory Walk. It’s wonderful that so many people have put on their walking shoes and come along to raise money for this fantastic cause. There has been a really good atmosphere here today with lots of different generations walking together to fight dementia.”
Tracy Wood, from Lynn, took part in the 10km walk with her sister, Debbie, friends, Joanne Long, Teri Adams, Dawn Thirkwell and Dawn’s daughter, Sophie Thirkwell.
She said: ‘Despite the weather, there was a great turnout today and a fantastic atmosphere, especially when we did the zumba warm-up! My friends and I did have a giggle while we walked and more importantly, I have raised quite a lot of money for Alzheimer’s Society.”