Call for determined volunteers to join fight against dementia in Exeter

Passionate volunteers in Exeter are being asked to come forward to help form a new fundraising group to support Alzheimer’s Research UK.

The UK’s leading dementia research charity is looking for people with a range of skills to help set up the group, which aims to raise vital funds and awareness across the region.

Members can get involved in a variety of ways, from getting stuck into fundraising challenges that raise money for pioneering research, to representing Alzheimer’s Research UK at events and spreading the word about the charity within their local communities.

Alzheimer’s Research UK regional groups play a crucial role in the fight against dementia, which currently affects 850,000 people in the UK.

Exeter is already an important place on the map for dementia research. Last September, researchers at the University of Exeter were awarded over £500,000 in funding by Alzheimer’s Research UK to study the brain and how it goes wrong in diseases like Alzheimer’s. 

Research like that taking place at the University of Exeter can only happen through the hard work of volunteers, who help raise money in innovative ways through regional fundraising groups.

If you would like to support Alzheimer’s Research UK by helping to set up a fundraising group in your area or find out more about other fundraising opportunities within your community, James Warren, Alzheimer’s Research UK Fundraising Officer for the South West is on hand to help.

James said: “Dementia is the leading cause of death in the UK, yet there are no treatments that can prevent or even slow down the progression of this condition.

“Regional fundraising groups are vital in helping us to defeat dementia, both through raising funds and helping to spread awareness of this cruel condition.

“Alzheimer’s Research UK’s vision is a world free from the fear, harm and heartbreak of dementia and our supporters are key to helping us bring about the first life-changing dementia treatment by 2025.

“We’re confident we’re going to find passionate and dedicated fundraisers in Exeter with the same vision and I am looking forward to helping set up a fundraising group in the area.”

For more information about the setting up a group or volunteering for Alzheimer’s Research UK in Exeter contact James at james.warren@alzheimersresearchuk.org

For further information about Alzheimer’s Research UK visit www.alzheimersresearchuk.org