Call for determined volunteers to join fight against dementia in Nottinghamshire

29 November 2017

Passionate volunteers in Nottinghamshire are being asked to come forward to help form a new fundraising group to support Alzheimer’s Research UK.

The UK’s leading dementia research charity is looking for people with a range of skills to help set up the group, which will aim to raise vital funds and awareness across the region.

Members can get involved in a variety of ways, from getting stuck into fundraising challenges that raise money for pioneering research, to representing Alzheimer’s Research UK at events and spreading the word about the charity within their local communities.

Alzheimer’s Research UK regional groups play a crucial role in the fight against dementia, which currently affects around 14,260 people in Nottinghamshire. Supporters have already helped to fund 32 research projects at the University of Nottingham equating to more than £2.9million.

Researchers at the University of Nottingham process hundreds of human post-mortem brain tissue samples for the purpose of investigating the genetic causes behind Alzheimer’s disease. They received £16,697 to buy a state-of-the-art machine that can generate large amounts of data, fast. This will aid a range of research and could reveal about the cause of different diseases which cause dementia.

Chris Drummond, Alzheimer’s Research UK champion has run numerous London Marathons for dementia research so other families don’t have to go what he went through.

He said:

“When my dear mum was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s I was shocked to learn there was very little that could be done to help her and that research to find new treatments is desperately underfunded.

“Words can’t describe how much I want preventions and treatments found for this disease so that other people don’t have to suffer. I’m determined to do everything I can to raise money and awareness to help Alzheimer’s Research UK achieve that goal.”

If you would like to support Alzheimer’s Research UK by helping to set up a fundraising group in your area or find out more about other fundraising opportunities within your community, Matt Clarke, Alzheimer’s Research UK’s Regional Fundraising Officer for East Midlands is on hand to help.

Matt said:

“Dementia has a huge impact on families in Nottinghamshire and it’s important to us at Alzheimer’s Research UK that local communities have the opportunity to come together and get involved with supporting dementia research.

“Regional fundraising groups are vital in helping us to defeat dementia, both through raising funds and helping to spread awareness of this cruel condition.

“Alzheimer’s Research UK’s vision is a world free from the fear, harm and heartbreak of dementia and our supporters are key to helping us bring about the first life-changing dementia treatment by 2025.”

For more information about the setting up a group or volunteering for Alzheimer’s Research UK contact Matt on 07584 657 587 or email [email protected]

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