Dementia charities named as partners for London Marathon 2019

The Alzheimer's Society and Alzheimer's Research UK hope to raise more than £3m next year

Dementia Revolution runners
Dementia Revolution runners

The dementia charities the Alzheimer’s Society and Alzheimer’s Research UK have been named charities of the year for next year’s London Marathon.

The charities have today announced that they will join forces for a year-long campaign, called Dementia Revolution, as charities of the year for the London Marathon and its sponsor, Virgin Money, with the aim of raising more than £3.5m.

They said they hoped the campaign, established to change attitudes to dementia, would raise millions of pounds for the UK Dementia Research Institute, which was announced in 2016.

The two charities are aiming to have a team of more than 2,000 runners in next year’s race, including those applying for charity places and those who secure their own places through the public ballot, which opens for five days from Monday.

Being named charity of the year for the marathon typically comes with an additional allocation of 250 running places.

The Teenage Cancer Trust was the charity of the year for this year’s race, which took place on Sunday.

Jeremy Hughes, chief executive of the Alzheimer’s Society, said dementia had been overlooked for too long, but the partnership offered a "unique opportunity to inspire action now and raise vital funds for research".

Hilary Evans, chief executive of Alzheimer’s Research UK, said her charity was "proud to be joining forces with the Alzheimer’s Society to create a groundswell of support for the researchers who are working tirelessly to tackle the condition and transform lives".

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