News - 19th November 2019

You’ve raised £1.5million!

parkrun £1.5m 20-11-19

We’re delighted to announce that you’ve hit a big milestone – our partnership with parkrun has passed the £1.5million mark.


Since we became the official charity partner of parkrun UK in 2015, thousands of you have helped support pioneering dementia research and we’ve been blown away by your dedication and passion for our cause.


Whether you’ve taken part in Running Down Dementia, made a donation for the Give It Your Best campaign at Christmas or taken on a sporting event for us, you’ve helped us take huge strides towards our mission to bring about the first life-changing treatments for the diseases that cause dementia. We can’t thank you enough for your support!


The money you’ve raised could keep the Alzheimer’s Research UK Network running for two years, helping bring 2,000 dementia researchers across 46 universities together to share ideas and resources to speed up progress and make breakthroughs faster.


And as well as hitting this amazing milestone, you’ve also played a huge part in helping us raise awareness of dementia, particularly spreading the message that people can reduce their risk of dementia by being physically active.


Ian Wilson, Chief Executive of Alzheimer’s Research UK, said: “We are incredibly grateful to all of you who have supported dementia research and helped make our partnership with parkrun such a huge success.


“We know many of you are motivated to support us because you have seen loved ones affected by dementia.


“Today, there are no effective treatments to slow, stop or prevent diseases that cause dementia, such as Alzheimer’s. But thanks to your help there are now more researchers than ever working to change that and Alzheimer’s Research UK is spearheading efforts to translate promising discoveries in the laboratory into life-changing treatments for the future.


“You are playing a vital role in helping us in our mission to make breakthroughs possible for people with dementia that will keep them connected to their families, their worlds and themselves for longer.


“Last year we were delighted to extend our partnership with parkrun to 2023, and we are excited to see what we can do together in the future.”


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

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