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Alzheimer's Society donation

Updated: Nov 24, 2023

Following on from the success of the Johns' Boys concert in Pershore Abbey on Saturday, 9 September 2023, we were able to donate £3,000 to the Alzheimer's Society.

Adam Evans, Community Fundraiser – Worcestershire, Herefordshire, and the Black Country said “A massive thank you to the Rotary Club of Pershore for their incredible £3,000 donation. This really will make a big difference to Alzheimer's Society and those who rely on our help and support. There are currently 9,117 people in Worcestershire alone who are affected by dementia with a diagnosis rate of 52.2%. This is a real area of focus for the charity to improve this figure as a lot of doors are shut until a formal diagnosis is received.

Alzheimer’s Society is currently in their 5 year plan named “Help and Hope”. This is to focus on not only helping people now (Help) but making a difference for those in the future (Hope). In terms of Help we have a lot of services and support for anyone who needs us. Namely we have our Dementia Support phone line which offers all the help and support needed while our Dementia Support Forum provides the opportunity to speak with others affected by dementia with the aim of not feeling alone. In working towards the Hope, we have been pivotal in research with the aim of tangible and effective treatments. You may have heard of Lecanemab and Donanemab, the new, and very first, disease modifying treatments for Alzheimer’s Disease. What you may not know is that it was Alzheimer’s Society’s research from 30 years ago that helped lead to these treatments."

Adam went on to say that £3,000 would support;

  • Around 1 and a half months of a PhD student’s time which will help now and in the future.

  • Around 1 and a half months of a Dementia Advisor’s time who are so crucial in helping those who are navigating the complex world of dementia.

  • 4 and a half days of Dementia Support Forum, providing a network of peer support so carers, family and those with dementia have likeminded people they can turn to discuss what they’re going through.

Shown below (left to right) are Jonathan Sington (concert organiser), Adam Evans (Alzheimer's Society) and David Wickins (President, Pershore Rotary).

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