Call for volunteers in Reading to help make breakthroughs possible for people with dementia

18 October 2018

Passionate volunteers in Reading 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 a group, which will aim to raise vital funds and awareness in Reading and the surrounding area.

Members can get involved in a variety of ways, from getting stuck into fundraising challenges to 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 fundraising groups play a crucial part in raising funds to help scientists make life-changing breakthroughs in dementia research. Dementia, most commonly caused by Alzheimer’s, currently affects around 850,000 people across the UK.

Alzheimer’s Research UK powers world-class studies focusing on prevention, diagnosis and treatments for dementia and is currently funding a novel and collaborative research project at Reading University worth nearly £100,000 investigating how immune cells in the brain called microglia are involved in Alzheimer’s disease.

Lindsay Gray, Alzheimer’s Research UK’s Regional Fundraising Officer for the region, said: “Dementia has a huge impact on families, with over 2,100 people living with the condition in Reading alone. It’s important to us at Alzheimer’s Research UK that communities have the opportunity to come together and get involved with supporting dementia research.

“Regional fundraising groups are vital in helping us power research to make key breakthroughs possible, both through raising funds and helping to spread awareness of this cruel condition. Our supporters are key to helping us achieve our vision of a world free from the fear, harm and heartbreak of dementia.

“We’re confident we’re going to find passionate and dedicated fundraisers in Reading and we can’t wait to welcome them.

“As the Regional Fundraising Officer, I’ll be on hand to provide support to the group as they kick-start their fundraising activities.”

To register your interest in being involved in a Reading fundraising group visit www.alzheimersresearchuk.org/volunteering/alzheimers-research-uk-regional-groups

For more information contact Lindsay on 07909 901 840 or email [email protected]