Sprint legend Donovan Bailey joined forces with Alzheimer’s Research UK in 2014 to raise vital awareness of the disease. The three-time world and double Olympic champion lost his mother, Daisy, to Alzheimer’s disease in November 2013 after a 10-year battle with the disease. With the help of the charity, the former world’s fastest man shared his personal experiences of dementia with The Times newspaper and on BBC Radio 5 Live.
Broadcaster Edith Bowman started supporting Alzheimer’s Research UK after watching her uncle’s steady decline from progressive supranuclear palsy – a rare degenerative disease of the brain which can lead to dementia. The former Radio 1 DJ has toured an ARUK-funded lab at University College London and interviewed Alzheimer’s Research UK scientist Dr Selina Wray on camera to help raise awareness of dementia.
TV presenter Rylan Clark bravely spoke to The Sun newspaper just days after losing his Nanny Rose to Alzheimer’s to raise vital awareness of the disease. The former X Factor star has also supported the charity on social media and offered auction prizes to boost vital funds for dementia research.
West End favourite Russell Grant is a passionate supporter of Alzheimer’s Research UK. The former Strictly star’s Nanny Alice passed away with Alzheimer’s disease 20 years ago and the tragic experience compelled him to do all he can to support Alzheimer’s Research UK. As well as making generous donations, Russell joined us at the ICAP Charity Day 2013, has made a moving speech at our annual Supporters’ Day and visited a lab to see our pioneering research in action.
JJ Hamblett, one quarter of chart-topping boyband Union J, has helped raise awareness of dementia amongst the group’s legion of young fans. The singer, whose carer mum looks after people with dementia, has donated items for auction and taken part in a charity photo shoot. In 2014 the former jockey also attended the charity’s Alzheimer’s Research UK Charity Race Day in Newmarket to present one of the race trophies.
Dr Pixie McKenna
Television medic Dr Pixie McKenna knows too well the life-changing impact dementia has on individuals and their families. Best known for her role in Channel 4 show Embarrassing Bodies, the GP gave her backing to Alzheimer’s Research UK when she officially started – and took part in – our Big Walk 2013.
Award-winning actor James Nesbitt has seen first-hand the devastating impact of dementia. His mother passed away with Alzheimer’s disease in 2012 after what he calls ‘the longest goodbye’. The star of The Hobbit and The Missing is a passionate dementia campaigner. He spoke at the Alzheimer’s Research UK 2013 Network Conference where he made a powerful call for greater investment in dementia research
Former Strictly Come Dancing judge and choreographer Arlene Phillips cared for her father who passed away with Alzheimer’s disease. Arlene has spoken passionately about the devastating affect dementia has had on her family and is an avid supporter of Alzheimer’s Research UK. In 2014 Arlene presented our BBC Lifeline Appeal which raised over £35,000 and helped increase public awareness of dementia and the urgent need for greater investment in dementia research.
Journalist and presenter Fiona Phillips is a committed campaigner on dementia issues. Fiona knows from personal experience the colossal effects dementia has on individuals and families as both her parents passed away with Alzheimer’s disease. Fiona has supported Alzheimer’s Research UK in a variety of ways including attending the ICAP Charity Day 2013 and speaking to the media to highlight our work and the need for greater investment in dementia research.
Hollywood superstar Seth Rogen is a passionate dementia campaigner who has helped raise the profile of the condition on both sides of the pond. In 2013 he supported Alzheimer’s Research UK by donating signed memorabilia to the ICAP Charity Day auction. The following year he wrote a blog post for dementiablog.org following a heartfelt testimony at a US Senate hearing on Capitol Hill.
Comedian Arthur Smith contributed a post to our blog site www.dementiablog.org where he shared his mother’s dementia journey. As well as discussing his mother’s condition in a blog, Arthur has also shared his family’s experience on stage, helping to increase public awareness of the condition.
Just days after completing the Tour de France, Geraint Thomas MBE got back in the saddle to raise funds for Alzheimer’s Research UK and cycled 170-miles in one day. The double Olympian completed the challenge in tribute to his girlfriend’s granddad who passed away with dementia. The Team Sky cyclist also supported us at the ICAP Charity Day 2013 by donating the jersey he wore when he won the National Road Championships in 2010 to the auction.