Hollywood star Carey Mulligan returned to her Welsh roots today as she joined her mother and grandmother for a walk in the fight against dementia.
The award-winning actress, who has appeared in The Great Gatsby opposite Leonardo DiCaprio, is an ambassador for the Alzheimer’s Society and was keen to be among the 1,700 participants at the Swansea Memory Walk.
As well as taking part in the 10km trek, the Bafta-winning actress opened the event at Swansea Marina which is expected to have raised tens of thousands of pounds for people with dementia and their carers.
She was joined on the day by her mother Nano Mulligan, who is from Llandeilo, and her grandmother, Nans, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2002 when Carey was a teenager and now lives in a care home in Pontardawe.
“It has been inspirational to see so many people of different ages come together today to fight dementia,” said the actress who was recently seen in the National Theatre’s acclaimed production Skylight opposite Bill Nighy.
“I only ever had experience with Nans and how she went through it, but when you meet other people, you realise how different it is from person to person.
“It’s such an individual thing and that’s a reminder about how unique everyone is and how important it is to respect each person for who they really are.
“Our family lives with dementia and we have seen how devastating it can be. I can’t imagine how we would deal with it if we didn’t have the help that we have – the amazing home that Nans is in and the incredible support of Alzheimer’s Society.”
Memory Walk is Alzheimer’s Society’s flagship fundraising event which sees walks taking place around the UK throughout the autumn. It is a day to walk, share and celebrate someone special and everyone walks with one common goal: to defeat dementia.
Funds raised from Swansea Memory Walk will be used to support people living with dementia and their carers and to fund research into finding a cure.