Jamie and Vicki Graham from Dauntsey in Wiltshire will present a cheque for £90,000.
Posted on 8th February 2011
Wiltshire couple visit Westminster with £90,000 for Alzheimer’s research
Jamie and Vicki Graham, from Dauntsey in Wiltshire, will present a cheque for £90,000 to the Alzheimer’s Research Trust today at the charity’s re-launch in Westminster as Alzheimer’s Research UK.
This donation will help to fund a four year research project led by Dr Magdalena Sastre at Imperial College, London, looking at the link between physical activity and Alzheimer’s.
Diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s three years ago at 59, Jamie rowed 22 miles from Eton to Henley with a crew of veteran oarsmen in July 2010, to raise the tremendous sum – the largest amount ever raised for the charity in a single sporting event. Together with an enthusiastic committee, Jamie and his wife Vicki put months of organisation into the fundraising challenge to make it such a huge success.
Jamie and Vicki have been made Champions of Alzheimer’s Research UK in recognition of their exceptional support for the UK’s leading dementia research charity.
“Vicki and I are honoured to be made Champions by the experts in dementia research. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to present our cheque in Westminster as the charity re-launches with its new identity, Alzheimer’s Research UK.
“The money we’ve raised will go towards a specific dementia research project looking at the link between physical activity and Alzheimer’s. This is particularly significant for me as I find keeping fit and active really helps. Although there are many day-to-day things I can’t do now, including being able to read and write, I still enjoy cycling, playing tennis and, very importantly, rowing.”
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