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How you’re fuelling post-COVID hope in dementia research

I always look forward to our Trustees’ meetings, and there was a celebratory feeling to proceedings as we came together at the end of last month (in person for the first time in 18 months) to review progress and look ahead.

This has been a hugely challenging time for everyone working to bring an end to dementia, and our last financial year was one of the most difficult of our history. But we’re so proud of what our supporters enabled us to achieve. It’s thanks to all those who support our work that today Alzheimer’s Research UK is in a much stronger position than we had thought possible at the height of the pandemic.

Our 2021 Annual Report, published today, reveals that total income for the year ending 31 March 2021 reached £39.2m, including voluntary donations totalling £33.8m. This level of support in the face of the most unusual and testing circumstances gives me, our Trustees and everyone at Alzheimer’s Research UK the confidence to push on towards our vision of a world free from dementia.

Agility is a theme that crops up again and again in our latest Annual Report – whether our researchers pivoting their work to focus on analysing data and writing up findings as labs were forced to close, or supporters responding to the pandemic with the passion and creativity that defines #TeamARUK.

We couldn’t be more grateful to everyone who donated, found new ways to fundraise, lent their support to virtual events or volunteered during the year.

With new drugs to treat the diseases that cause dementia on the horizon, we’re now at a tipping point for dementia research, and we mustn’t let the challenges of the past year hinder momentum. Our researchers are working at pace to make up for lost ground and with you standing with us, we know we can make breakthroughs possible for everyone affected by dementia.

Please read our 2021 Annual Report or the shorter Annual Review to find out more about our year and how you’re helping dementia research bounce back.

About the author

Hilary Evans

Hilary is Chief Executive of Alzheimer’s Research UK, which is a charity working at a global level towards a world where people are free from the fear, harm and heartbreak of dementia. The organisation’s aim is to raise awareness of the diseases that cause dementia, to increase dementia research funding and improve the environment for dementia scientists in the UK and internationally. Alzheimer’s Research UK is at the forefront of challenging people’s perceptions of dementia, finding innovative ways of communicating and creating new platforms to engage the public in a united fight to defeat dementia.

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