Check out our latest magazine... Read Online

Join Dementia Action Week

Alzheimer’s Research UK is keen for people to get involved and help support their ground-breaking dementia research work that potentially brings new treatments closer. Fundraising Officer Francine Clarke explains why it is so important

Join Alzheimer’s Research UK this Dementia Action Week from 13 to 19 May to help fight against dementia. Almost one million people are living with dementia today, but tragically, not one of them will survive. We are the UK’s leading dementia research charity, and we are working to revolutionise the way dementia is treated, diagnosed, and prevented. And then, we will find a way to cure it.

If nothing changes, one in two of us will be directly affected by dementia – either by developing the condition ourselves, caring for someone with it, or both. In Sussex alone, 17,000 people are known to be living with a dementia diagnosis but the estimated number of people living with dementia in Sussex is over 27,000. These are staggering numbers but the power to change this is in our hands.

Since 1998, Alzheimer’s Research UK have committed over £193.8 million of funding for ground-breaking dementia research. But we can’t stop now – it’s your support that will continue to help bring us closer to finding a cure for dementia.

Sussex local, Megan O’Hanlon shares her story with us about her dad, Paddy, who is living with young-onset Alzheimer’s disease. Megan explains why she believes Alzheimer’s Research UK is the charity that will lead us to a cure for dementia.


“Patrick is a goofball. Always the one cracking a joke to make people smile. He’s best known as Paddy, but to me, he’s Dad. I was his shadow when I was little. I followed him around everywhere because he made me feel safe. A proper duo. Sadly, our whole world was overturned when my dad was diagnosed with young-onset Alzheimer’s disease when he was 55. It’s why I support Alzheimer’s Research UK because I believe this charity will find  a cure for dementia – and it can’t come soon enough.

“The diagnosis was devastating news for Dad to wrap his head around. It felt like he lost his whole life in that split second because he knew how it was going to end. I was only 14 years old. Our relationship is different now I’m older. There has been a massive role reversal: he is someone that I need to keep safe. There’s a protective instinct, like how I imagine you might feel for your child.

“Now I share my story with Alzheimer’s Research UK to raise awareness of dementia and how it can affect younger people. As a volunteer for the charity, I’ve given talks and even been filmed for Good Morning Britain’s One Million Minutes campaign. Sharing my story feels rewarding because
it allows me to transform this awful situation into something powerful and helpful for other people.

“I want to continue raising awareness because it means we are challenging the way people think about dementia. I want people to know we can cure dementia through research. Even though it is too late for my dad, I am determined to help change the ending for families in the future.

“Think of all the incredible feats of science that humankind has achieved in the past century. Together, we can make the same progress for people living with dementia and their loved ones. Thankfully, Alzheimer’s Research UK is leading the way. By funding cutting-edge research, the charity is fuelling scientists and their incredible discoveries. This gives me hope for a future free from the fear of dementia. That’s why I stand with Alzheimer’s Research UK because finding a cure for dementia is what we all deserve.”

This year, we are funding 25 new groundbreaking dementia research studies. Our scientists are making life-changing discoveries  and bringing potential new treatments closer, but there’s still more work to do.

Join the fundraising effort to help beat dementia. Whether you are an individual, local community group, school, or company, get involved, have fun, and make a positive difference now!

You can do your own fundraising or choose to sign up to any of the fantastic events and there are lots of ideas available on the website along with the option to donate.

Every 3 minutes dementia steals a happily ever after. With your support, we can change the ending for everyone affected by dementia.


For more information visit:

or contact Francine Clarke:

Tel: 07826 559252

More from Features

  • SPECIAL OFFER: General Admission Tickets To The Al Shira’aa Hickstead Derby Meeting

    We’ve got a special offer for general admission tickets for all of our Hidden members to this internationally renowned event on either Friday 21 or Saturday 22 June - RSVP on our ticket page and we'll send you a QR code for entry for TWO people!

  • Home Style: Pastures New

    The grass really was greener for this family, who left behind their recently remodelled London house for a new life in the country

  • Struck from Above: Why Lightning Loves a Tree

    When trees get struck by lightning it can be a very dramatic event, as Peter Erridge explains

  • City Breaks: Ideas to Inspire You

    Would you like to escape the everyday and broaden your horizons without spending too much time and money? If so, Lisa de Silva says a city break might offer the perfect solution

  • What to Watch in May 2024

    From a watch-through-your-fingers true crime documentary to the return of Doctor Who, here's your guide to all the best new films & TV shows coming to screens big and small in the month of May...

  • Tracing the Rails

    Ever wondered about the history and romance of the steam train that once trickerty- trocked it’s way along the lost Steyning Line? This dynamic group of friends did, so they made a documentary about it. Sara Whatley found out more

  • NEW COMPETITION: Win Four VIP Tickets For More Radio Live 2024

    Fancy attending this year's More Radio Live in style? We've got FOUR tickets up for grabs to our VIP Marquee with all-inclusive food and drink!

  • Be Well, Move Happy: Eating Awareness and Deskercise

    Helping us to move more and eat better, this month Sara Whatley looks at eating awareness and deskercise

  • Riding to Success

    Not a coffee morning kind of couple, Alison and Henry are soon embarking on an ambitious UK tour on their 1960s scooters, all to raise money for Alzheimer’s Society. Sara Whatley finds out more

  • Home Style: Home on Wheels

    A plot on the family farm with stunning marshland views was the ideal spot for Freddie Pack and Katie McNie to build their new home – a cabin on wheels

  • Home Style: Seeing the Light

    George and Christopher Stephenson left the rat race of London for a life in the south-east countryside, transforming a dark and dated Grade-II listed farmhouse

  • Step out for St Catherine’s Hospice

    St Catherine’s Hospice popular Midnight Walk is bouncing back to the streets of Horsham on Saturday 8 June, Adele Trathan explains how readers can get involved

  • If You Ask Me... This is Beyoncé Country

    This month, Flo Whitaker considers a recent showbiz altercation and asks, “If a black woman from Texas can’t make a country album - who can?”

  • Artelium Wine – Crafted in Sussex

    As the Sussex wine industry continues to expand and lead the way for the rest of the UK it is heartwarming to find a winery that’s producing award winning wines of outstanding quality, so we sent Robert Veitch to find out more

  • Homes Extra: Expanding Space

    If you need some extra space in your home but do not want to shoulder the burden and expense of moving, then look to a small extension or home improvement, says Sara Whatley

  • Kids Zone: Mosaic Art

    Get creative with this month’s fun and sustainable activity – mosaic art. Sara Whatley explains what to do

  • Be Well, Move Happy: Gardening & Connecting with Nature

    Spring is a wonderful time of year to get out and enjoy our natural world. Sara Whatley looks at connecting with nature for wellness and gardening for fitness

  • Homes for Ukraine: Opening Your Home and Your Heart

    As the conflict in the Ukraine continues, Homes for Ukraine scheme is still keen to hear from people that are interested in hosting a Ukrainian guest, as Paul Crompton from East Sussex County Council explains

  • Charity: Age Concern Hassocks

    Fancy a new place for lunch, meeting new friends in a fun and welcoming atmosphere, or a spot of volunteering? Look no further than Age Concern Hassocks, says Sara Whatley

  • Another New Clinic For Sussex Audiology

    Sussex Audiology has added to its Haywards Heath offering with a brand new high-street clinic. Hanna Prince drops in to learn about the vital importance of healthy hearing