21 January 2016

Bus tour makes West the best

TJDR tourhe West of England has the most dementia research volunteers in the country after a regional bus tour to recruit volunteers smashed all targets.

The aim of the week-long bus tour was to gain 1000 local registrations to 'Join Dementia Research' by Christmas - that target was smashed, with the local total now standing at 1250. This makes the West the leading region nationwide for people signing up to the service, which currently has almost 15,000 people registered nationwide.

Backed by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network (CRN): West of England and local partners, the tour was supported by AWP, Alzheimer's Research UK and the Alzheimer's Society. Volunteer champions Tony Hall, Chairman of the Bristol Dementia Action Alliance and Hilary Doxford, who has early onset Alzheimer's disease also helped out.

The tour was masterminded by Charlie Procter, NIHR CRN: West of England and Jane Makin from AWP (pictured).

Charlie said "There was an amazing response from local people, whatever the weather in December. So many people we spoke to had been touched in one way or another by dementia that they were really keen to help out and register. Dementia research is critically important. It can help people living with the condition now, as well as helping to prevent people from developing dementia in the future."

Laura Phipps of Alzheimer's Research UK said "Join Dementia Research is a great opportunity for people to play a role in pioneering research to defeat dementia. It's fantastic to see how supportive people in the West have been of Join Dementia Research and how willing they are to give their time to volunteer for studies. We hope that people in the region will continue to sign up to volunteer, and spread the word to their friends and family too. Dementia is a heartbreaking condition but research can make progress for everyone affected."

Join Dementia Research is a new service, allowing anyone over the age of 18 with, or importantly without a diagnosis of dementia, to register their interest in national dementia research and be matched to a huge range of research activities they might wish to take part in.

Over 850,000 people are living with dementia in the UK today. Many of us reading this know someone who has, or is affected by dementia and would like to do more to help fight this disease. Research is crucial as it looks at what new treatments work and how to improve the lives of people affected by dementia.

Find out more about Join Dementia Research and how you can register here. Alternatively, leaflets and registration forms can be found in more than 130 libraries throughout the West of England.















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