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DEMENTIA: Join in to fight condition

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I want to take the opportunity to thank local Alzheimer’s Society supporters who united against dementia last year by fund-raising, campaigning and volunteering.

In 2017 we reached an important milestone, with two million people now signed up as Dementia Friends.

We also grew our army of volunteers to more than 11,000, including more than 300 in the North East.

On the fund-raising front, some 5,000 people, many of them from Northumberland, took part in the region’s main Memory Walk in South Shields, raising £282,311.

There are 35,000 people living with dementia in the North East, including an estimated 5,000 in Northumberland, so the need to unite in the fight against the condition has never been more pressing.

From volunteering with the Alzheimer’s Society’s new Side by Side service to joining one of our fund-raising events or writing to your local MP, there are many ways people can get involved to help beat dementia in 2018.

The best gifts can’t be wrapped so whether you give an hour, a day or more, please visit alzheimers.org.uk/getinvolved to find out how you can unite against dementia.

Helen Williams,

Alzheimer’s Society Services Manager,

Ashington