News - 9th October 2018

Barbara Windsor: Why you should join the Dementia Revolution

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Waiting anxiously for the post?


From this week if you’ve been successful in the Virgin Money London Marathon ballot you will receive confirmation that you’ve got a place in the world-famous race.


If you’ve got one of the coveted places, we’d love you to join the Dementia Revolution, a partnership between Alzheimer’s Research UK and Alzheimer’s Society as the official Charity of the Year for the 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon.


National treasure and iconic actor Dame Barbara Windsor, who has Alzheimer’s disease, is supporting the campaign and her husband Scott Mitchell will be running the Marathon in her honour.


Here Barbara explains why she wants you to stand beside her and support the Dementia Revolution:


When my husband Scott and I went public about my diagnosis earlier this year, I was overwhelmed by the reaction and all the messages of support we received.


Before we can develop life-changing treatments and ultimately a cure for Alzheimer’s and other causes of dementia, we must first change attitudes. I hope that by sharing my story, I can help raise awareness of this cruel condition and encourage more people to support dementia research.


So why should you support the Dementia Revolution?


Right now there are nearly one million people in the UK living with dementia. This number is set to grow so it is so important that we come together to fund research that will one day beat dementia.


The money raised during this special one-year campaign will help to fund research at the UK Dementia Research Institute. This is a new national institute which brings together 700 top scientists, all working together to transform the lives of people affected by dementia.


I know that by coming together to support research we will put an end to dementia.


So if you are lucky enough to get a marathon spot in the ballot, I would love you to join me in backing dementia research and select the Dementia Revolution as your chosen charity.


Watch Barbara’s message to London Marathon runners here.

To sign up to use your ballot place to run for the Revolution, click here.

If you didn’t receive a ballot place, there’s still time to apply for charity place.

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