Fans club together for dementia

Russell Claydon collection for BFP Charity before the derby match ANL-160301-200746009
Russell Claydon collection for BFP Charity before the derby match ANL-160301-200746009
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A collection for vital dementia research at Saturday’s AFC Sudbury versus Bury Town A134 derby has helped a campaign to pass the £700 mark in its first month.

More than £140 was raised from a collection around a record-breaking crowd at The Wardale Williams Stadium on Saturday.

It helped the BFP Defeat Dementia campaign, which is also being run in the Suffolk Free Press sister title, the Bury Free Press, get off to a flying start since it was launched in print and online in mid-December.

In total, the collection at AFC Sudbury prior to the first league derby between the two west Suffolk rivals in five years saw £142.30 added to the cause.

The BFP Defeat Dementia campaign was kicked off by sports editor Russell Claydon’s personal heart-breaking story about having to watch his beloved grandad suffer at the hands of dementia with Lewy Bodies, the second most common, but little known, form of dementia behind Alzheimer’s disease, that he described as broadly like a mix between Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease.

All funds from the campaign will go directly towards funding vital research by Alzheimer’s Research UK taking place into dementia with Lewy Bodies being carried out just over the county border at Cambridge University.

Professor John O’Brien, who is leading the project at Cambridge, said: “Inflammation in the brain has already been highlighted as a feature of Alzheimer’s disease, but it’s not yet known whether this same process could be important in dementia with Lewy Bodies too.

“Our work will help us to explore this important question and shed crucial new light on the changes in the brain that occur during this devastating disease.

“Alzheimer’s Research UK’s support is vital for us to carry out this work, and we’re delighted that the Suffolk Free Press and Bury Free Press have joined us in choosing to back our project.”

Vicky Naylor, corporate partnerships officer at Alzheimer’s Research UK, added: “We urgently need better ways to diagnose the disease and treatments to stop it in its tracks.

“We wouldn’t be able to fund this research without the support of the public, and we are grateful for every single donation that allows us to continue this work.

“Nearly 12,000 people in Suffolk alone are living with dementia, and the support of the Suffolk Free Press and Bury Free Press will offer hope to countless families affected by the condition.”

n If you would like to give a donation, visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/SomeoneSpecial/bfpdefeatdementia or text DEFEAT to 70099 to donate £2.