Dedicated Loughborough Rag wins Alzheimer’s Research UK award

28 November 2022

Loughborough RAG has won an award for its commitment to supporting life-changing dementia research.

The university society won the Group of the Year category in Alzheimer’s Research UK’s inaugural supporter awards held online this November.

During the 2020/21 and 2021/22 academic years, Loughborough Rag have raised approximately £57,000 for Alzheimer’s Research UK, with students supporting the charity through challenges, including ‘Dash to Dubrovnik’ and the ‘Iceland Fire and Ice Trek’.

Fundraisers have also completed virtual marathons, committed to only eating orange food for a week, and collected for the charity at this year’s FA Cup Final at Wembley Arena.

In 2023, a new team of students will be sledding across the Arctic Circle with a pack of dogs to raise even more vital funds for Alzheimer’s Research UK.

Jane Turner, Administrator at Loughborough Rag, said:

“Loughborough students are at the heart of all our fundraising. We value and support them in all their endeavours. To learn that we had been nominated for Group of the Year in Alzheimer’s Research UK’s first Supporter Awards was an honour. To be told we had won was amazing – a real boost to our fundraising year! We shall be celebrating now until the end of the year!”

Alzheimer’s Research UK’s Supporter Awards shine a spotlight on some of the charity’s most dedicated fundraisers and volunteers, who play a vital role in helping to bring an end to the fear, harm and heartbreak of dementia.

The awards were hosted on the charity’s website to ensure as many people as possible were able to celebrate the nominees and winners.

Supporters were nominated in eight categories that display the variety of ways they get involved, with the awards judging panel selecting a winner in each.

A ninth category recognised six exceptional individuals who have displayed outstanding commitment to the charity over a number of years.

Hilary Evans, Chief Executive of Alzheimer’s Research UK, said:
“It has been a great privilege to celebrate the incredible lengths our supporters go to in order to raise awareness and vital funds for dementia research. Without our supporters we would not be able to make the progress we are making in dementia research.

“There are nearly 1 million people in the UK living with dementia. Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia are one of society’s biggest medical challenges, but with research they can be overcome.

“We are so grateful to Loughborough Rag, its students, and all of our incredible supporters for everything they are doing to help us make research breakthroughs that will keep people connected to their families, their worlds and themselves for longer.”

To find out more about Alzheimer’s Research UK’s Supporter Awards and to view all the winners go to www.alzres.uk/awards.

For further information about Alzheimer’s Research UK, or to find out more about fundraising and volunteering for the charity, call 0300 111 5555 or visit www.alzheimersresearchuk.org.

To follow the Loughborough Rag students’ sledding adventure as they fundraise for Alzheimer’s Research UK, view their journey on Instagram @lsurag_dare.