21 January 2016
Bus tour makes West the best
The 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
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
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