Oxford volunteers needed to help power fight against dementia

19 June 2017

Fundraisers in the Oxford area 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.

The charity is looking for volunteers with a range of skills to help set up the group, which will aim to raise vital funds and awareness for the charity. Members can get involved in a variety of ways, such as getting stuck into fundraising challenges to raise money for pioneering research, representing Alzheimer’s Research UK at events or spreading the word about the charity within their local communities.

Alzheimer’s Research UK regional groups play a crucial part in the fight against dementia, which currently affects more than 850,000 people in the UK.

The money raised will help to fund pioneering research projects across the UK, including vital work going on in the heart of Oxford at the Oxford Drug Discovery Institute, which is one of three Institutes within the Alzheimer’s Research UK Drug Discovery Alliance, working alongside Institutes at the University of Cambridge and University College London.

The Alliance is accelerating the discovery of new, effective treatments for Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.

Clare Robinson, Regional Fundraising Officer at Alzheimer’s Research UK, said:

“There are 47 million people across the world living with dementia. The condition has a huge impact on families and 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 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. We’re confident we’re going to find passionate and dedicated fundraisers in the Oxford area with the same vision and we can’t wait to welcome them.

“As the county’s regional fundraising officer, I’ll be on hand to provide support to the group as they kick-start their fundraising activities.”

Alzheimer’s Research UK powers world class studies focusing on prevention, diagnosis and treatments for dementia. There are 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK and this number is expected to rise to over one million by 2025.

Anyone wishing to get involved can contact Clare Robinson on 07500 602675 or [email protected]

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