Tottenham couple recognised as Alzheimer’s Research UK champions for their tireless charity work
20 August 2018
Dedicated supporters Brenda and Stephen Whittle have been made Champions of Alzheimer’s Research UK in recognition of their continued support as speakers and campaigners for dementia research.
This accolade recognises the couple’s exceptional support as spokespeople for the charity since they came on board as media volunteers in 2016. They have shared their personal experience of Alzheimer’s disease and involvement in dementia research with national media outlets including Sky News, BBC, Channel 4 and 5 News and spoken at the World Neuroscience Innovation Forum to show how important it is to help scientists make new discoveries.
After the initial shock of finding out Brenda had Alzheimer’s disease the couple decided to turn the diagnosis into something positive by signing up to take part in research and Brenda has since taken part in numerous studies including a drug trial and balance study and is keen to do as much as she can to support Alzheimer’s Research UK in its bid to help bring about life-changing treatments for dementia.
“I used to get angry when I forgot things or misplaced them, but now I’ve got a diagnosis I’ve accepted it and I’ve been able to get involved in research. If a treatment is found I could be helping thousands of people worldwide as well as myself, and I would want as many people as possible to reap the benefits.”
Her husband Stephen, who is her sole carer, said:
“We are delighted to be able to help Alzheimer’s Research UK in its mission to help bring about life-changing dementia treatments. It is an honour to be recognised as a Champion for the charity and we will continue to do all we can to support such an important cause.”
Brenda and Stephen join a group of around 50 people who have been made Champions in recent years in recognition of their efforts in both fundraising and raising awareness on behalf of Alzheimer’s Research UK.
Hilary Evans, Chief Executive of Alzheimer’s Research UK, said:
“Brenda and Stephen have shown how dedicated they are to supporting dementia research, not only by taking part in research trials and studies but also by raising awareness of what it is like to live with Alzheimer’s disease during numerous high-profile media interviews. They are outstanding ambassadors for the cause and for the charity.
“We appreciate all they have done for us in spreading the word about dementia and the work we do here at Alzheimer’s Research UK and therefore we would like to thank them by inviting them to become Champions.”
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