Your stories and memories mean we never forget the importance of finding a cure
We want to dedicate this Mother's Day to all the mums who have been a part of our lives.
Every year, we get a step closer to delivering life-changing preventions, treatments and one day, a cure for dementia.
And it’s your support that’s brought us here. Thank you.
Here is Mel’s story:
My mum, Wendy, doesn't know I'm her daughter anymore. There's a lot she doesn't understand about the world around her now, or how to interact with it. But give Mum a dolly and she will cuddle, kiss, and talk to it all day long. She will always be a caring, loving mother – even if Alzheimer’s has taken away her memories of being my Mum.
Occasions like Mother's Day are getting harder and harder to "celebrate" as Mum's condition progresses. She doesn't understand what's going on if you give her a card or present to open, especially if it has "Mum" written on it. She doesn't know that it's meant for her. This Mother's Day will be more about reminiscing about the time we've had together as family.
Last year, Mel took on the extraordinary challenge of running a 126km route around London in three consecutive days!
Mel completed the challenge to raise money for dementia research in honour of her mum, Wendy, who was diagnosed with young-onset Alzheimer’s and continues to live with its life-changing effects.
"The disease has taken a lot away from Mum and my step-dad Mike, who became her full-time carer. It is easy, and understandable, to feel upset by what feels totally unjust”.
‟Effective treatments, and ultimately, a cure, would have made a world of difference for Mum. I’m proud to have done something to help raise money that might make treatments and a cure a possibility for other people in the future.”
We understand that this day can be extremely difficult for many, which is why we are sharing our support for people affected by dementia booklet. This offers information on what dementia is, support for mental health and much more.
Alternatively, you can call Infoline team on 0300 111 5 111 or email us at email@example.com