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    

Graham Potter Signed Football

Local businesses and Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club, are lending their support to the Bid to End Loneliness campaign from Together Co, Brighton's loneliness charity.  

Brighton Dome is to open its doors this month with a series of seasonal events including storytelling, carols, talks and a classic Dickens tale.

A Brighton-based videomaker is offering to create a two-minute animation for a struggling charity to help promote their work, completely free of charge.
Credit Paul Mansfield

Brighton is a city famed for its nightlife, with a vibrant night-time economy and a huge variety of entertainment on offer. 

The Caring Family Foundation has launched a new campaign Food from the Heart, with the aim to make a difference to the lives of children in Brighton and other areas of the UK living in poverty. 

Some of the city's most vulnerable rough sleepers will be able to benefit from targeted, appropriate support and accommodation after Green Councillors secured backing to expand the 'Housing First' scheme in Brighton and Hove. 

Brighton Housing Trust and Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) have joined forces this Christmas to provide support for the homeless as the winter frost takes hold in Brighton and the Covid-19 pandemic continues to heighten the homelessness crisis in the UK.

Throughout December, Midsummer Nightcap is launching a Christmas Pundemic - a socially distanced Christmas festival with music and Cabaret in the heart of Brighton.
Credit Arab Strap 2020

It's about hopelessness and darkness,” says Aidan Moffat. “But in a fun way.” The Arab Strap frontman is speaking about the band's seventh studio album As Days Get Dark, and their first since 2005's The Last Romance.
Credit Paul Mansfield

FairGround Records, a new label for distinctive musicians with a learning disability, developed by arts charity Carousel, launches in 2021, with its first release a grunge-meets-punk debut album by solo artist Dima Zouchinski.
Writer & Director Helena Coan

Theatre Royal Brighton features in a new feature-length documentary on the life of Hollywood and cultural icon, Audrey Hepburn.

Looking for unique Christmas gifts for friends and family that will help support the arts?

“It was love at first sight” for a Dogs Trust pup, who was rescued by the dog welfare charity from a puppy farm and has recently found herself at the centre of a national television ad campaign.

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