Cllr Billy Ashe hopes to raise funds over the year with a variety of events. The Mayor said: “I decided to support Alzheimer’s Society because my mother suffered from this illness and as a family we had first-hand experience of the devastating consequences not just to the patient but to all around them.
“The Alzheimer’s society helped support our family in our time of need and it’s great to think that I have the opportunity to be raising funds to help support people to live well with dementia today and fund research to find a cure for tomorrow.”
The Alzheimer’s Society’s Andy Boal, Community Fundraiser for North and East Northern Ireland said: “We are delighted that Cllr Ashe is giving his time to support Alzheimer’s Society.
“One in three people over 65 will die with dementia. It is more than just memory loss; it robs people of their lives and has a devastating impact on families and loved ones.
“As a charity, we rely on the generosity of the public to help us continue our vital work.
Please back Mid and East Antrim Borough Council in their fundraising efforts so that Alzheimer’s Society can continue leading the fight against dementia.”
Alzheimer’s Society research shows that 800,000 people in the UK have a form of dementia, more than half have Alzheimer’s disease.
In less than ten years a million people will be living with dementia. This will soar to 1.7 million people by 2051. In Northern Ireland there are over 19,000 people living with dementia. Alzheimer’s Society champions the rights of people living with dementia and the millions of people who care for them.
Alzheimer’s Society supports people to live well with dementia today and funds research to find a cure for tomorrow. It relies on voluntary donations to continue its work. Donate by calling 0845 306 0898 or visiting alzheimers.org.uk
Alzheimer’s Society provides a National Dementia Helpline, the number is 0845 300 0336 or visit alzheimers.org.uk