TV newsreader Alastair Stewart is to launch a charity walk on Southampton Common, close to his Hampshire home, following his dementia diagnosis. 

The long-serving newsreader is encouraging people to take part in the flagship fundraising series Alzheimer's Research UK's Walk For A Cure campaign this summer. 

This year, fundraisers will be able to Walk For A Cure at six locations throughout the UK, including Southampton Common on Sunday, June 30.

Hampshire Chronicle: A previous Walk For A Cure event

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These 5km walks aim to bring together families impacted by dementia, alongside the researchers and scientists working hard to fund a cure for the condition.

Last year, Alastair, who lives in Bramdean, announced that he is living with vascular dementia – the second most common form of the condition.

The veteran journalist shared the impact dementia has not only had on him but also his family. That is why he is passionate about supporting researchers in their efforts to put an end to the heartbreak of dementia and plans to open the Southampton walk.

Hampshire Chronicle:

He said: “I am delighted that Alzheimer’s Research UK’s Walk For A Cure event is coming to Southampton in June, a location near to me, and I’m very much hoping to attend to set everyone off on their walk.

“It is more important than ever that we come together and support the search for a cure for dementia. We need to do everything we can to put a stop to the heartbreak it causes.

“Join me in supporting Alzheimer’s Research UK this summer by heading along to a Walk For A Cure near you.”

The 71-year-old started his career at Southern Television in Northam. This is where he also met his wife, Sally, a former pupil at Southampton Grammar School for Girls, which was a school neighbouring The Common. 

Hampshire Chronicle: Southampton Common

Following its successful launch in 2023, the Walk For A Cure series has doubled in size this year. The events are family-friendly, dementia-friendly, and accessible to all. 

The other walks take place in Kensingston Gardens in London, Holyrood Park in Edinburgh, Sefton Park in Liverpool, Sherwood Pines in Nottinghamshire, and Pontcanna Fields in Cardiff.

Almost one million people are living with dementia in the UK.