SINGER David Read, from North Crawley, has been made a Champion of Alzheimer’s Research UK, the UK’s leading dementia research charity.
The recognition follows his exceptional support for the charity as a fundraiser and spokesman.
David’s mother Janet died with Alzheimer’s disease in 2008.
During the past two years, he has raised over £7,000 for vital dementia research. He has achieved this by donating 100 per cent of proceeds from his CD, entitled ‘I know that I should know you’, and staging music concerts in London and Milton Keynes.
The 57-year-old has also taken part in newspaper, radio and TV interviews to raise awareness of the devastating effects of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.
David, who runs a purchasing consultancy, Prestige Purchasing in Linford, said: “Watching my mother deteriorate with Alzheimer’s was one of the saddest things I’ve ever done.
“She slowly became another person, living in a confused world. Finally, the illness claimed her whole body rather than just her brain – there was no turning back. So much more needs to be learnt about this cruel disease and it can only be achieved through research.
“I was inconsolable when my mother died. But, with encouragement, I found comfort by putting my feelings into song about my mother’s long struggle. I recorded an album and decided to put it to good use to raise desperately needed money for Alzheimer’s Research UK.
“Everything snowballed from there. I set up music concerts in London and Milton Keynes, with a brilliant line up of musicians playing folk, blues, rock, pop – something for everyone. I’ve got a lot more fundraising plans lined up and aim to raise £30,000 to pay for a complete dementia research project.
“I’m so grateful for the tremendous help and support I’ve received from family, friends and fellow music artists – it’s been real teamwork. I’m pleased to be doing something positive to help defeat dementia and honoured to be made a Champion of Alzheimer’s Research UK.”
Rebecca Wood, Chief Executive of Alzheimer’s Research UK, added: “We are delighted to make David a Champion of Alzheimer’s Research UK. This is our way of showing appreciation for his exceptional support and enthusiasm and for the money he has raised together with his family and friends.
“David does an outstanding job helping to raise the profile of research into Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. By doing so, he is bringing us ever nearer to finding better forms of diagnosis, preventions, new treatments and an eventual cure.
“Nearly 5,000 in Buckinghamshire are living with the daily reality of dementia today but funding for research lags far behind that of other serious diseases. Dementia can only be defeated through research and we rely entirely on our wonderful supporters like David.”
To help Alzheimer’s Research UK defeat dementia, donate online at www.alzheimersresearchuk.org or call 01223 843899.