News - 7th March 2018

Sights set on £1m mark as partnership is extended


We are delighted to announce we’ve extended our partnership with parkrun to 2023.


Alzheimer’s Research UK became the official charity partner of parkrun UK in January 2015 and thanks to the phenomenal success of the last three years we had no hesitation in signing up for another five years.


We joined forces to promote exercise as a way of reducing the risk of developing dementia, increase public understanding of the condition and boost funds for vital research.


Around 11,000 of you have joined the #TeamARUKparkrun movement and supported us since the start of the partnership. You’ve raised an incredible £890,000 for pioneering dementia research. Now we’ve got our eye on hitting the £1m mark!


If you are new to parkrun and don’t know about us, we are the UK’s leading dementia research charity, dedicated to causes, diagnosis, prevention, treatment and cure. Backed by our passionate scientists and supporters, we’re challenging the way people think about dementia, uniting the big thinkers in the field and funding the innovative science that will deliver a cure.


Our mission is to bring about the first life-changing dementia treatment by 2025. For more information about us watch this video.


Ian Wilson, Executive Director at Alzheimer’s Research UK, said: “We’re extremely proud to have extended our partnership with parkrun – a similarly innovative, forward-thinking and ambitious movement. We’re very excited to see how we can build on our initial success over the coming years.


“The partnership so far has shown just how dedicated parkrunners are and we can’t thank them enough for helping us raise such a phenomenal amount for dementia research.


“With 850,000 people affected by dementia in the UK, and a rapidly ageing population, we urgently need more investment in research to find ways to protect our brains as we get older. By joining in with parkrun and getting involved in this partnership, people can take steps to help keep their brains healthy and support research that could take us a step closer to a world free from the fear, harm and heartbreak of dementia.”


Nick Pearson, CEO of parkrun, echoed Ian’s thoughts on the partnership’s success.


He said: “Our mission to create a healthier and happier planet goes hand in hand with Alzheimer’s Research UK’s message that regular exercise throughout our lives has a positive impact on brain health.


“When we first partnered with Alzheimer’s Research UK, it was essential for us that we were teaming up with a charity to whom we could make a significant contribution. The parkrun community duly responded by raising hundreds of thousands of pounds for vital research into one of the UK’s most damaging conditions, as well as boosting the public profile of the country’s leading dementia research charity.”


For more information about our partnership with parkrun and how you can support us, click here.

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