Alzheimer’s Research UK calls for passionate volunteers to set up fundraising group in Exeter

22 June 2018

Alzheimer’s Research UK calls for passionate volunteers to set up fundraising group in Exeter

Alzheimer’s Research UK has called on people in Exeter to help them raise vital funds for dementia research by setting up a fundraising group.

James Warren, Regional Fundraising Officer for the South West, put out the ask at an event organised by Alzheimer’s Research UK on Friday 15 June.

Those who attended heard from scientists at the forefront of dementia research about the progress that has been made, and what else needs to be done to bring about life-changing treatments for people with the condition.

Alzheimer’s Research UK’s mission is to bring about the first life-changing treatment for dementia by 2025. There are currently no treatments that can slow or prevent the development of the condition. James Warren made an impassioned call to those attending to set up a fundraising group in Exeter.

He stressed that new treatments for people with dementia cannot be found without the relentless work of fundraisers across the country, many of whom work as a part of fundraising groups.

These groups run events and fundraisers in their communities, with proceeds going to Alzheimer’s Research UK.

As well as offering members the opportunity to raise funds for dementia research, being a part of a fundraising group can also allow members to make friends and get involved in their communities.

There is already significant work going on in the South West into dementia research. Alzheimer’s Research UK’s South West Network Centre is made up of a community of dementia researchers working at the Universities of Exeter and Plymouth.

James Warren is calling on people in Exeter to help fund research like this by setting up a fundraising group in the region.

He said:

“We need people in Exeter to come forward and help Alzheimer’s Research UK by setting up a fundraising group.

“These groups operate across the country and are vital in helping us to fund pioneering research into dementia. We rely on people in communities across the country to help us communicate the urgency and importance of research into this heartbreaking condition.

“There are now 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK, yet there are still no treatments that can slow or prevent the condition from developing. Research can change this, but the only way we can fund research is through the amazing work of fundraising groups up and down the country.”

Those in Exeter – or other areas in the South West – who want to set up a fundraising group can contact James Warren on [email protected], or 01223 896 630.

James Warren was joined by researchers who also spoke at the event. Dr Ray Sheridan, from the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital and Dr Talitha Kerrigan, Prof Clive Ballard and Dr Rebecca Smith from the University of Exeter all spoke about different avenues of research into dementia.