The Alzheimer’s Research UK Southampton Group, formed by city resident Malcolm Legge in 2015, is the first of its kind in the county.
Malcolm, who is Chairman of the group, is seeking members from the area to help him in his mission to boost funds for vital dementia research.
He is hoping to find a treasurer, secretary and a number of other members for the group to help with fundraising, raising awareness, collections and talks.
Malcolm, 57, knows only too well the life-changing impact dementia can have on individuals and their families.
His 82-year-old mother, Joyce, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2010 and now lives in a care home where she receives round-the-clock support.
“My mum’s been living with Alzheimer’s disease for more than five years and has been in a care home since 2011. She used to love gardening and she was always out and about, but now she really struggles with her memory.
“Research into Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias is the only way we’re going to find a cure and currently there’s not enough money being invested.
“If people are interested in joining the group and helping to make a difference, I’d urge them to get in touch. The more members we have, the more money we will be able to raise for Alzheimer’s Research UK.”
Rebecca Futrall, Regional Fundraising Officer for Alzheimer’s Research UK, said:
“We’re so grateful to Malcolm for all his efforts in raising both funds and awareness for Alzheimer’s Research UK in Southampton.
“We hope people across Hampshire will come on board to help him raise money for pioneering dementia research. The funds they raise will help bring improved diagnosis, preventions and much-needed new treatments for Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia ever closer.
“There are 850,000 people across the UK living with dementia today, including nearly 20,000 people in Hampshire, and we urgently need treatments that could make a difference to these people’s lives. We rely on our supporters to be able to fund our research, and it’s thanks to the commitment of people like Malcolm that we’re able to continue our crucial work, driving the next breakthrough.”
Anyone interested in joining the Alzheimer’s Research UK Southampton Group or finding out more information can contact Rebecca Futrall on 07867 938 457 or Rebecca.Futrall@alzheimersresearchuk.org