Black role reprised to help charity defeat dementia

Ian Hogg with Alzheimer's Research UK representative for the Midlands area Jessica Hiscocks EMN-150330-124235001
Ian Hogg with Alzheimer's Research UK representative for the Midlands area Jessica Hiscocks EMN-150330-124235001

An evening of story telling at Nettleton Village Hall from the ‘Man in Black’ has raised £536 for research into dementia.

Actor Ian Hogg reprised his role for the annual charity event, which supports good causes.

“The readings started at least a decade ago as part of getting funds together for this place (village hall),” said Ian.

“And since it has been built, the village hall committee kindly don’t charge for this event, so we can raise money for a different charity each year.”

In the past this has included St Andrew’s Hospice, Nettleton Manor Nursing Home and the parish church fund, but this year Ian and his wife Thea decided to support something further afield - Alzheimer’s Research UK.

“Dementia is not a sexy subject and people can shy away from it,” said Ian. “But it needs to be talked about and one of leading figures for that was Terry Pratchett, who I have always admired.”

And the late writer was one of the patrons of Alzheimer’s Research UK, the leading dementia research group in Europe and the second biggest in the world.

“I am very pleased to come along today and I can’t thank Ian enough for choosing us,” said Jessica Hiscocks, the charity’s regional fundraiser.

“It is important to get our name out there, as every penny helps us, whether it is 24p for a test tube or £20 to fund an hour’s research.”

Based in Cambridge, Alzheimer’s Research UK specialises in funding preventions, treatments and a cure for dementia.

They believe science and innovation hold the key to defeating dementia, so by investing in research they hope to help people today and protect future generations.

“It’s our aim to end the fear, harm and heartbreak of dementia,” added Jessica.

“In 2013, we awarded £6.8 million to new research projects, the largest ever UK charity commitment to dementia research in a single year.

“By supporting Alzheimer’s Research UK, Ian and Thea have helped us move closer to the vision of a world free of dementia.”

In the past year alone, the charity has funded a record number of projects, including pioneering work on diagnosis using brain scans, further research on unravelling the genetics of the diseases and research into biomarkers, which play a crucial role in diagnosis and understanding disease progression.

And this investment is paying off, with their scientists at Cardiff making a breakthrough by discovering 11 new genes which can affect the risk of someone developing Alzheimer’s, offering potential new targets for treatments.

“The money from the Man in Black evening will help fund the scientific research that offers real hope in our race for a cure,” said Jessica.

For more information on Alzheimer’s Research UK, visit their website at www.alzheimersresearchuk.org