Alzheimer’s Research UK has launched a national volunteer recruitment campaign and is asking individuals in Cornwall to join the team. The UK’s leading dementia research charity offers many ways in which volunteers can support the charity’s work and help defeat dementia. From cheering on fundraisers at sporting activities to sharing personal stories at public events, the charity has developed volunteering opportunities to suit everyone.
The charity is looking to recruit volunteers from across the UK who can take time out from their commitments once in a while or on a regular basis. All the options are set out on the charity’s new volunteering website at http://www.alzheimersresearchuk.org/www/. Previously volunteers have helped the charity collect at Eric Clapton and Kaiser Chiefs concerts, met the Prime Minister at the G7 summit, run the charity’s marquee at the Badminton Horse Trials and travelled to Brussels to share their personal stories with MEPs. As Alzheimer’s Research UK continues to grow, ever more diverse opportunities are on offer to play a role in helping the charity.
Adam Sibley, 30, from Saltash in Cornwall, became a volunteer for Alzheimer’s Research UK after his mum June passed away with early-onset Alzheimer’s, at just 54. He said:
“Volunteering for Alzheimer’s Research UK gives me a chance to do something positive to help in the fight to defeat the cruel disease that stole my lovely Mum from our family. She always did everything she possibly could for me and my two brothers when we were growing up, we had a wonderful childhood. When she became unwell it seemed the natural thing to look after her just as she’d always looked after me.
“Sharing my story as a volunteer spokesperson for the charity is important to help increase public understanding of Alzheimer’s and other dementias. I know my volunteering role will lead on to many other opportunities and it’s great being a part of Alzheimer’s Research UK’s community of supporters.”
Miranda Johnson, Head of Corporate and Community Partnerships at Alzheimer’s Research UK, said:
“Every one of our volunteers has a personal reason for why they choose to support Alzheimer’s Research UK, but what they all have in common is the drive and determination to do their bit to defeat dementia. We can achieve amazing things together and we’re so proud of all our volunteers.
“There are over 830,000 people in the UK living with dementia, including nearly 9,000 in Cornwall. Alzheimer’s Research UK has bold plans to drive research towards better diagnosis, preventions and treatments to give hope to thousands of families shattered by this condition. Our volunteers support our work in a wide range of ways and we wouldn’t be the charity we are today without this vital force. We would love to hear from anyone who would like to volunteer for Alzheimer’s Research UK.”