We’re fortunate enough to be working with InnOcean and Shazam on a small awareness-raising project launched yesterday.
For too long, dementia research has been playing catch-up. The devastating impact of the condition is well-documented: more than 850,000 people are now living with dementia across the UK and for those affected, it is life-shattering. Research is the only way to change this, and that’s why we’re delighted to publish new figures today that reveal a significant milestone for dementia research, one that could not have been achieved without your support.
Thanks to a 24% increase in our income in 2015/16, we were able to plough £17.9m into our charitable activities, including £14.8m into world-class dementia research: more than ever before.
In the interviews after the death of Sir Terry Pratchett, the most common question we were asked is “what did he mean to Alzheimer’s Research UK”? Terry was incredibly generous to us, he donated over $1 million to our research to help reveal the mysteries of his disease. He encouraged our scientists. He became our Patron. He was angry about his diagnosis, outraged that the condition was stealing his abilities and sense of self – he helped us campaign around the disparity in funding for dementia research.
Dementia steals people’s lives, turns their relationships upside down, destroys their hopes and dreams. We owe it to them, their families and their carers to find a solution. That is why I launched the Prime Minister’s Dementia Challenge in 2012. And that is why today I am joining Alzheimer’s Research UK as the charity’s President, so that I can continue the work I began in government focusing on this life-shattering illness.
A look back over the year for Alzheimer’s Research UK.
We have been overwhelmed by the brilliant response we’ve had to our Christmas campaign, Santa Forgot. Thank you to everyone who has watched and shared the animation so far. We’ve been particularly touched by the messages from those of you who have been directly affected by dementia.
The only way to beat dementia is with research. The more we can find out about the condition, the more likely we are to be able to develop a treatment to help the millions of people affected by it.
Dementia is too big a challenge for one organisation to tackle alone. As the UK’s leading dementia research charity, we’re proud to be funding cutting-edge, innovative science, but we’re also continually working to encourage investment across the board.