My mum Valerie was diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia in 2007, aged just 59. People often don’t have a choice about the dementia world; you’re suddenly in it and your life changes rapidly. It‘s incredibly important that we all talk and support one another. I set up The Valerie Foundation in honour of my mum, for […]
When my grandmother (Gangan) was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s back in 2003, I was rather naïve. Being a teenager of 16 I didn’t really know much at all about the illness. I assumed, as many back then did, that it was a sign of ‘getting old’. My mum, Laura, had a real battle trying to get […]
I’ve now been in post as Director of Fundraising at Alzheimer’s Research UK for four weeks and in that short time I have already established that I have one of the best and most privileged jobs possible. It has become very apparent to me that this is an organisation that is going places and I have […]
Getting out from behind my desk to go and talk first hand about Alzheimer’s Research UK is a privilege I enjoy as part of my job, but the most amazing part is the people I meet through our work. One Saturday in the summer, I drove through the picturesque countryside near Bedford to the small […]
Some supporters have called us asking if a telephone call from a fundraiser calling on our behalf is genuine. In these days of scams and nuisance calls, it’s important that the genuine calls from Alzheimer’s Research UK and other charities you support are easy to identify. Here’s our top ten tips for checking that a […]
I’ve never really taken part in a challenge for charity before; to be honest I’m not one to indulge in strenuous exercise much either. But recently I found myself signing up to do a 450km cycle challenge across Vietnam for Alzheimer’s Research UK and am about to embark on a journey that will test and push some emotional, mental and physical boundaries.
Five years ago, my mother went missing. My father and I searched for her to no avail until the following day. After a very long night of worry, the police found her 50 miles away wandering around someone’s garden. She was confused and had clearly spent the night under a hedge. It transpires that she had had a ’vascular episode’ which eventually resulted in a diagnosis of combined Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia.