Our brilliant dads


All this week in the run up to Father’s Day we’ve been celebrating amazing dads. We’ve been sharing our supporters’ pictures and memories and many of you have also been in touch to tell us your favourite story, or just to simply to say what makes your dad so special to you.

We’ve shared just a few of your stories from Facebook below, but we’d love to hear from you. If you want to mark Father’s Day by sharing your own story about your dad, post a comment at the bottom of this post.

Our brilliant dads are amazing, and sharing your memories with us shows the importance of making breakthroughs possible. You can also help accelerate progress in making these breakthoughs by donating in celebration of your dad today.


Your stories

Caring for my dad from the age of 10

Father’s Day is also an important time to remember the impact that dementia has on the lives of people who have dads living with dementia.

clare-dadClaire Brien’s childhood was changed forever nine years ago when her dad was diagnosed with vascular dementia following a severe stroke. He now struggles with many daily activities and relies on Clare to help him get out of bed, cook his meals and give him the 27 different tablets he needs every day. She admits that growing up as a carer has been hard, but is grateful for every precious moment she still has with her dad. Read her story.


  1. Mrs VJ Smith on 18th June 2016 at 2:05 pm

    My Dad was a really lovely man, had seven children 4 boys and 3 girls. He work on the London Transport until he retired. Not long after retiring his health to a turn, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Dease, he suffered 7 years with it. It was Heart Renderers to see him, his case was so bad he had to go to Bexley mental Hospital. We were all heart broken, but they
    look after him well. A couple of year after he had been there he suffered 2 strokes in June, after that it was very touching when we went to see him. I could write so much. Sadly dad died 5/1/1990 at Bexley Hospital.
    I would not of wonted dad to stay alive with that illness. Mum care for him until she could not know more. And unknown illness mum had she died 21/4/91. And to this day I still miss them dearly.

    Also a part of my dad’s brain was use in research, I am proud of that

  2. Chris sharples on 19th June 2016 at 11:32 am

    My Dad is 88 yrs old he has Vascular Dementia hes had it around 4 years but now hes in a Dementia Nursing Home.
    My mum was his carer until she past away 2 yrs oct.
    My Dad has no memory of anything or anyone not even me and as families know its Heartbraking.
    So Im saying Happy Fathers Day to All Dads out there.
    He may not know me but hes still My Dad who I Love so Very Much xxx

  3. Lynne Davies on 19th June 2016 at 11:05 pm

    My wonderful husband has vascular dementia also Alzheimers he is 79 80 in August 10 I have looked after him for 6years but got very upset when he thought his home was not with me but with his mum &dad and I had to lock us both in to keep him from trying to go home until our wonderful social worker Kelly said he should go in to restbite for a week but he escaped 3 time’s he pushed a carer and she broke her wrist and he was sectioned and hasn’t been home since electrical engineer such a gentleman a wonderful ballroom dancer I am so proud of him and love him so much he is nearing the end of his life but keeps fighting back we have 4 son’s and they all worship him he is in a emi nursing home I visit every day and blessed that he still knows me

  4. Patricia Hunt on 20th June 2016 at 7:57 am

    Unfortunately a lot of the lovely things my Dad and I shared over the years have been blocked out by his last 3 years battling with Alzheimer’s and the stress of it all but now I would just like to say “Dad I hope your after life is a happy Alzheimer’s free. Love you xx

  5. Patricia Hunt on 20th June 2016 at 8:10 am

    Confirming my email address

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