Running for Dementia

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In September 2019, B-Compliant’s Directors, Vicky Pearce & Jeremy Smith will be pulling on their running shoes and taking to the streets of Salford to run 10K in honour of Dementia / Alzheimer’s Research UK.

After losing both of his parents to this terrible condition, it is a cause very close to Jeremy’s heart.  But not only Jeremy, Vicky also lost her Grandad to the disease 14 years ago, and whilst progress has been made in that time, it is slow due to lack of funding.  Therefore, we have chosen to sponsor Alzheimer’s Research UK over all the other wonderful charities out there.

The charities vision is a world where people are free from the fear, harm and heartbreak of dementia.  And their mission is to bring about the first life-changing dementia treatment by 2025.

8 things that research has achieved

  1. Many key research findings have been thanks to families with risk genes taking part in research.
  2. Research into how dementia develops is helping to inform better ways to diagnose the condition
  3. Donated brains have been influential in finding important symptomatic treatments for Alzheimer’s
  4. Advanced stem cell techniques are helping to uncover the changes that cause dementia.
  5. Research has identified over 20 risk genes for dementia.
  6. Clinical trials have helped to highlight the dangers of some treatments
  7. Studies of large groups of people are helping us understand how people can reduce their risk of the condition
  8. A treatment to slow dementia would bring huge benefits

(Alzheimer Research UK website provided the above information.  You can find more here:

https://www.alzheimersresearchuk.org/about-dementia/facts-stats/8-things-dementia-research-has-achieved/)

Statistics

Some shocking statistics are that currently 1 in 6 people over the age of 80 have the condition. There are also over 42,000 people under 65 with dementia in the UK.

The UK currently has 850,000 people with dementia, with numbers set to rise to over 1 million by 2025.  This is set to soar to 2 million by 2051.

As the statistics show, this terrible disease is going to affect more and more people as our population ages. It is time to stop thinking that this will happen to someone else and actually realise that this could affect you or your spouse in years to come.  Donations are desperately needed to help with research to find a cure, please find our Just Giving page here:

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/b-compliant

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