Norfolk paramotor flier wins Alzheimer’s Research UK award

29 November 2022

Dan Jones from Norwich has won an award for his commitment to supporting life-changing dementia research.

The 28-year-old won the Trailblazer Award in Alzheimer’s Research UK’s inaugural supporter awards.

Dan took on a once in a lifetime challenge flying the length of the UK in a paramotor. He dedicated the flight to his grandparents, both of whom died with Alzheimer’s disease.

His journey from John O’ Groats to Land’s End involved more than 34 hours of flying, with his father, Alan, driving a support vehicle alongside him.

 

The 800-mile journey included difficult weather conditions, engine failure and an emergency crash landing.

Despite this, he raised over £13,000 for Alzheimer’s Research UK, appearing on BBC Breakfast and ITV news to raise awareness of dementia and the need for more research.

Dan said: “I was overwhelmed by the donations and support along the route. It was tough going at times but the memories of my grandparents, and having my dad by my side, kept me moving forward.

“Dementia is such an awful disease, which has a huge ripple effect on far too many families. I sincerely hope, with the work of Alzheimer’s Research UK, that one day we can all live in a dementia-free world. It’s truly such an honour to receive the charity’s Trailblazer Award – I hope I’ve done my grandparents proud.”

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 Dan 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 https://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.