This is Dad

"My dad is smart, resilient and funny. Just because he has dementia doesn’t mean that's not true. He’s still all of those things to me." - Jess

Father’s Day, although a difficult time for many, is a great chance to celebrate our fathers, who mean so much to us.

Research is only possible thanks to the support of people like you. This Father’s Day, whether you’re spending time with your dad or thinking back on memories of those times, you can help power vital research.

Thank you for all you do to make breakthroughs in dementia research possible.

Help us celebrate dads this Father’s Day by sharing what makes yours special on social using #ThisIsDad

I'd climb mountains for my Dad

Jenny Rayner’s dad Martin died aged just 55 from early-onset Alzheimer’s in 2003. Since his death she has kept his memory alive by recreating the treks he did, following in his footsteps up and down the country.

Last year she raised money for Alzheimer’s Research UK as part of a team of supporters who trekked five active volcanoes in Guatemala.

If you are inspired by Jenny's story and want to follow in her footsteps - why not sign up to take on the inaugural ARUK Explorer hike and walk 26 miles across the spectacular Peak District on World Alzheimer’s Day.

Sign up to ARUK Explorer

Dedicate a place to Dad

Giving a gift in your dad’s memory is a special and positive way to celebrate his life while also supporting Alzheimer’s Research UK this Father’s Day.

You can dedicate a location anywhere in the world in his memory when you donate online to Alzheimer’s Research UK. You could choose a place your dad loved, somewhere you made memories together, or somewhere that reminds you of him. You can also add a short message and a photo if you wish. Just select that you are donating in memory of a loved one, and once you’ve completed your donation, you’ll be taken through how to select your Place to Remember.

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Dads making a difference

Around Father’s Day, many people across the country will be thanking their fathers for the support, love and very likely financial assistance they have given them throughout their lives. The relationship a father, or any individual, has with a child they care for is dynamic and complex.

Interestingly, a very similar relationship to that of the father and child exists in the brain of each and every one of us.

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When my mum died of Alzheimer’s disease in 2016, I spoke at her funeral. I really wanted everyone to know how special and amazing my mum and dad’s marriage had been and how much they loved and cared for each other. I also wanted to let our friends and family know how proud I was of my dad, who had given up work as a taxi driver a few years earlier to care for my mum full-time. Now, three years later, I am still just as proud of my dad as I was then. Probably even more proud.

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