Charity

Charity of the Year

Alzheimer’s Society and Alzheimer’s Research UK are joining forces as Charity of the Year for the 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon to bring you the Dementia Revolution.

Together we will power groundbreaking dementia research, overthrow old attitudes and lead the charge towards a cure. Join the Dementia Revolution and triumph over dementia.

Dementia is the biggest health threat facing society and there are currently no effective treatments to slow, prevent or cure it. Today, almost a million people are living with a form of dementia in the UK, most commonly Alzheimer’s disease. Too often they struggle alone, feeling as though their world has been turned upside down and often facing prejudice or misunderstanding.    

But a revolution is growing – on the streets and in the laboratories. Dementia is caused by diseases and our scientists are gaining on them. Their knowledge will pioneer breakthroughs and transform lives. But they can’t do it alone. 

As Charity of the Year for the 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon, Alzheimer’s Society and Alzheimer’s Research UK are joining forces to make a stand against dementia and raise £3.5m to power the most ambitious dementia research endeavour the UK has ever seen – the UK Dementia Research Institute. 

That’s 700 researchers in six centres across three nations, working tirelessly to find better treatments and a cure – revolutionising dementia research.  

Our scientists are making a stand and with your support, the Dementia Revolution will be an unstoppable force that will transform lives. 

Join us on the Start Line and make history. 

 

Marathon celebs and runners tackle dementia myths in new film

Great British Bake Off star Candice Brown has announced she is training for her first marathon after agreeing to take on the iconic Virgin Money London Marathon this year to raise money for the Dementia Revolution. The announcement comes as the star baker takes to the screen with actor Ray Winstone, 18-year-old YouTube star Saffron Barker, Olympic marathon runner with dementia Ron Hill, and a 78-year-old retired Methodist Minister with vascular dementia in a new film to bust common myths about the condition. The short film has been released today (13 February 2019) as part of the Dementia Revolution, a one-year campaign from Alzheimer’s Society and Alzheimer’s Research UK as Charity of the Year for the 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon. The Dementia Revolution has already gained support from Dame Barbara Windsor, whose husband Scott Mitchell and eight of her ex-EastEnders castmates will be running the 26.2-mile course to raise vital funds for dementia research.