Great Shelford-based charity, Alzheimerâ€™s Research UK, has received a boost of $10,000 (equivalent to Â£6,100) from the Million Dollar Round Table Foundation (MDRT) in America. This grant is thanks to Simon Gibson, a Cambridgeshire supporter of the UKâ€™s leading dementia research charity. He attended the cheque presentation, which took place at MDRTâ€™s conference in London on 21 February at Kensington Town Hall.
Simon Gibson, who lives in Burwell, is a director of financial planning specialists Atkinson Bolton Consulting. For the past thirteenyears he has been a member of the MDRT,Â an international association which represents the top 40,000 financial advisors worldwide.
Simon talked about the MDRT Foundationâ€™s generous grant and his inspiration for supporting Alzheimerâ€™s Research UK:
â€œThe MDRT Foundation invites its members to submit applications for charitable grants. As I am acutely aware that dementia research is desperately underfunded, and have been personally touched by this devastating disease,I nominated Alzheimerâ€™s Research UK. This proactive charity is working hard to defeat Alzheimerâ€™s disease and other forms of dementia and relies entirely on donations to fund its pioneering research.
â€œDementia poses one of the greatest threats to public health now and in the future and so many people I speak to these days know someone affected by it. New treatments and a cure are desperately needed and research is the only answer. Not only do I have clients and personal friends who have or are suffering, my father was diagnosed over two years ago. He was a professional man for 51 years, famed among other things for his memory. It is so encouraging to see the progress that research is making and, while it may not be in time for his generation, it offers hope for mine.â€
Presenting the cheque, Jennifer Borislow, President of the MDRT Foundation, said:
â€œThe MDRT Foundation was created in 1959 and provides it members with a means to give back to their communities. We provide grants to organisations around the world and we are pleased to be able to make a contribution to Alzheimerâ€™s Research UK. This charityâ€™s innovative research offers new hope to those people living with the daily reality of dementia.â€
Dr Marie Janson, Director of Development for Alzheimerâ€™s Research UK, attended the cheque presentation and added:
â€œWe are very grateful to the MDRT Foundation and Simon Gibson for this generous grant and their much valued support of our work. This money will pay for hundreds of hours of world-class dementia research and fund vital equipment for our scientists, bringing us closer to finding ways to diagnose, prevent, treat and cure dementia.
â€œThere are 820,000 people in the UK living with dementia today, including 6,000 in Cambridgeshire. Numbers are forecast to rise substantially in the next generation and we need to fund more research urgently in order to beat this dreadful condition.â€
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