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Tottenham couple recognised as Alzheimer's Research UK champions for tireless support

Written by Samantha Lade, Donr

Published on Tuesday, 21st August 2018

Tottenham couple recognised as Alzheimer's Research UK champions for tireless charity work

Dedicated supporters Brenda and Stephen Whittle have been made Champions of Alzheimer's Research UK in recognition of their continued support as speakers and campaigners for dementia research.

This accolade recognises the couple's exceptional support as spokespeople for the charity since they came on board as media volunteers in 2016.

They have shared their personal experience of Alzheimer's disease and spoken at the World Neuroscience Innovation Forum to show how important it is to help scientists make new discoveries.

After the initial shock of finding out Brenda has Alzheimer's disease, the couple decided to turn the diagnosis into something positive by signing up to take part in research. Brenda has since taken part in numerous studies – including a drug trial.

She remains keen to do as much as she can to support Alzheimer's Research UK in its bid to bring about life-changing treatments for dementia.

Brenda said: 'I used to get angry when I forgot things or misplaced them, but now I've got a diagnosis I've accepted it and I've been able to get involved in research.

'If a treatment is found I could be helping thousands of people worldwide as well as myself, and I would want as many people as possible to reap the benefits.'

Her husband Stephen, who is her sole carer, said: 'It is an honour to be recognised as a Champion for the charity and we will continue to do all we can to support such an important cause.'

Brenda and Stephen join a group of around 50 people who have been made Champions in recent years in recognition of their efforts in both fundraising and raising awareness on behalf of Alzheimer's Research UK.

Hilary Evans, Chief Executive of Alzheimer's Research UK, said: 'Brenda and Stephen have shown how dedicated they are to supporting dementia research, not only by taking part in research trials and studiers, but also by raising awareness of what it is like to live with Alzheimer's disease.

'They are outstanding ambassadors for the cause and for the charity.'

For further information about Alzheimer's Research UK, or to find out more about fundraising for the charity, visit the charity's website.