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Why I felt compelled to stand up for people with dementia

Mark Bennett

After witnessing the impact of dementia on his mum, Mark Bennett felt he had to do whatever he could to ensure other families in the future were saved from the devastation of the condition. This is why Mark became a Campaigner for Alzheimer’s Research UK, so he can urge the government to kept dementia a […]

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Completing a year of challenges – my trek to Everest Base Camp

Laura Brown

Laura Brown recently completed a trek to Everest Base Camp. The trek was the last in a series of challenges that raised more than £4,000, including competing in the Middle Distance Triathlon European Championships in Denmark and City to Summit, a 150-mile duathlon from Edinburgh to the top of Ben Nevis. She was inspired to raise money for Alzheimer’s Research UK as both her nans died with dementia. Laura explains the joy – and sadness – of completing her “Year of Challenges”.

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My daughter Carla: dementia at 30

Rita Pepper

Rita Pepper’s daughter, Carla Bramall, is 40-years-old and in the late stages of dementia. The symptoms of the rare, inherited form of Alzheimer’s disease began when Carla was just 30. Carla’s father Barry died at 43 from the condition, and it’s also caused the death of her grandfather and uncle, while her cousin, like her, […]

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A pair of pink slippers for Christmas

Shilpa Saul

Last year, a new Christmas ad premiered. I took notice because a) I love Christmas b) it was conceptualised by an old colleague of mine and therefore filled my Facebook timeline and c) it tackles Alzheimer’s head on. There’s not a single day that goes past when I don’t think about my mother. She was […]

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Stephen Fry

Why Santa Forgot means so much to me

Stephen Fry

Last year, Alzheimer’s Research UK asked me to tell a thought-provoking story imagining a world where Santa was affected by dementia. In the year since Santa Forgot first launched, over 200,000 more people in the UK have developed the condition and they’re surrounded by families that may be struggling to cope this Christmas. Many of […]

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Dementia destroys lives…we must find a cure

Philip Grant

I want to tell our story of early-onset dementia. It is important to me because so many people think of dementia as a condition that affects the elderly and makes them forgetful. The truth is that dementia can strike at any time and its effects on the person and their family can be shattering.

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