Brighton Magazine

The Brighton Magazine

Selected Brighton Magazine Article

Monday 01 May 2017

Celebrities Urge People In Brighton To Unite Against This Century's Biggest Killer

Alzheimer's Society has launched a new campaign calling on people in Brighton and Hove to set aside their differences - from age to tastes and social standing to political allegiances - and unite in the fight against dementia, as it"s set to become the 21st century's biggest killer.

Celebrities and sports stars including Jo Brand, James Cracknell, Carey Mulligan, Meera Syal and Robbie Savage are backing the biggest ever campaign from Alzheime''s Society urging people to come together to defeat dementia.

Someone develops dementia every three minutes and there's currently no cure – but Alzheimer's Society says people with dementia tell them that they face dementia alone.

Hove resident, Andy Gumbrill, cares for his wife, Janet, who has early onset Alzheimer's disease. Janet was diagnosed in 2013, at the age of 55. 

He said: "When we walked out of the doctors' surgery after we were given the diagnosis, we both burst into tears. 

"Never had we thought that she would have dementia – we thought she was too young to get it. But it really can affect younger people too. Everyone was devastated by the news, but we are moving forward as best we can." 


The couple have two daughters but, Andy said, they try not to burden them. 

He added: "Dementia can affect everyone differently and I'lll continue to support Jan for as long as I can. I don't want to become a burden on my family – they have their own lives to lead and it wouldn't be fair."

Jo Brand, Ambassador for Alzheimer's Society added: 

"It's deeply worrying that every three minutes someone develops this devastating condition. 

"What's almost as worrying is despite not being able to prevent it, cure it or even slow it down, the funding of dementia research is far too low. We need everyone to unite against dementia and change this now."

Alzheimer's Society is urging everyone to come together and unite against dementia. There are many ways you can get involved – whether it"s becoming a Dementia Friend, campaigning or donating to fund research for a cure. Unite now at alzheimers.org.uk

by: Mike Cobley



Related links

Alzheimer’s Society

Share    


Southern Fail – The Musical, the big hit at this year's Brighton Fringe, arrives for one last performance this Saturday at Brighton's Sallis Benney Theatre.
Blue Remembered Hills Cast During Rehearsal

Identity Theatre Company are bringing Dennis Potter's groundbreaking play Blue Remembered Hills to the Brighton Open Air Theatre this July.

In just one week this year's Love Supreme Jazz Festival returns to Glynde Place, East Sussex, for a three-day event jam packed with performances from a diverse cross section of jazz, soul and pop talent.

Two key cultural organisations are to unite to create a city-wide hub for creative and cultural learning.
Marie Ellis & Bill Griffiths in Proof, directed by Claire Lewis

In Chicago, 25-year-old Catherine (Marie Ellis) has put her college education on hold to care for a dying father, Robert (Bill Griffiths). Robert was an academic genius, specialising in complex 'beautiful and elegant' mathematical proofs, now suffering from both loss of focus and madness.

Brighton's Brighthelm Centre Auditorium played host to an unsurpassed night of wrestling. Riptide Wrestling not only exceeded expectations from the standpoint of a company running it's first event, it also blew away any independent shows I have seen in the last twenty years. 

Hundreds of epic shows, memory lapses, unexplained injuries, one year long detour with Iggy Pop and multiple Grammy nominations later, Queens Of The Stone Age re-emerge from the desert newly scarred and somehow strangely prettier with lucky seventh album, Villains.

A Hard Day's Month is a book as much about teendom as it is about The Beatles. It's about growing up, generation gaps, mortality, friendships, experimentation, change, independence, love and loss. It's very much the Absolute Beginners of its generation.

As part of a nationwide series of events in honour of Jo Cox MP, local charity Brighton & Hove Impetus is organising a community picnic in Palmeira Square, Hove, on Saturday 17th June from 12-2pm.

Thirty years ago a band from Liverpool achieved three number one hits in the charts and followed it with a million selling début album. Frankie Goes To Hollywood exploded in 1984 and imploded in 1987 leaving Relax, Two Tribes and The Power Of Love as their epitaph.
Pic By Andy Sturmey

It's been 43 years since Kraftwerk changed the musical landscape with their hugely influential Autobahn album in 1974. 

While its primary purpose is to serve as a developmental division for WWE, NXT has come to be viewed by wrestling writers and fans as its own distinct entity - a place for genuine wrestling fans to view up-close-and-personal the next generation of stars.

The 51st Brighton Festival - with recording artist, poet, playwright and novelist Kate Tempest as Guest Director - came to a storming conclusion. 

Ultimately, there are so few roles for women, especially queer women in theatre, so Mama Koogs Arts wanted to see more roles created and thus they began to research the untold stories of several women throughout history.

Archive search

Search our archives for what's on and gone for the best of this city's theatre music comedy news and much more...







Organising a conference or event in Brighton?
See our Brighton Conference section.
Brighton web design by ...ntd