parkrunner Anna Law has seen the importance of research into dementia for herself. Her grandfather died from dementia 15 years ago, and more recently her mother has developed Alzheimer’s disease.
Here she explains why she’s supporting Alzheimer’s Research UK not only through running, but also with a gift in her Will:
My family is very private – we deal with the practical aspects of my mum’s dementia rather than talking about the personal and emotional consequences. But I think it’s important to break down the stigma of dementia so people can help their families work through this heartbreaking disease.
It’s such a difficult thing to go through. You lose the person that you love. Though the changes to my mum’s memory have been slow, it’s still been hard. She forgets things we take for granted like turning the oven off when she has finished cooking and remembering where she is – she often gets lost.
This year, I ran the London Marathon to raise money for dementia research, and I’m thrilled with how much was raised. Dementia is a huge challenge – we just can’t leave this problem unsolved for future generations.
I firmly believe that we will advance our knowledge of dementia with research. In my own lifetime, I have seen the power of science and take hope for the future.
That’s why I’m leaving a gift to Alzheimer’s Research UK in my Will, to make breakthroughs possible. With a gift in my Will, I can leave future generations a world free from the fear, harm and heartbreak of dementia, so other families won’t have to go through what my family has been through.
To find out more about including a gift in your Will to Alzheimer’s Research UK, visit alzheimersresearchuk.org/wills
Call the gifts in Wills team on 01223 896606
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