We have exciting news of another donation made by the Pavers Foundation!
Mark Granger, Director of Operations at Pavers and committee member of the Pavers Foundation, nominated his friend, Mike Pollard to receive support with his fundraising. Mike is running the London Marathon in 2020 to raise money for Alzheimer’s Society, after his partner was sadly diagnosed with dementia in November 2012.
The Pavers Foundation has donated £500 to help support Mike, who is passionate about raising money for research, to help find a cure for dementia.
“I am running the 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon for Alzheimer's Society because urgent dementia research is needed to find a cure. My partner Julie was diagnosed with early onset dementia (Alzheimer’s type) in November 2012. She is now in nursing care, aged only 62”.Mike Pollard
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia, itis a progressive disease, where over time more parts of the brain become damaged. As this happens, more symptoms develop and worsen. More than 520,000 people in the UK have dementia caused by Alzheimer’s disease and this figure is set to rise.
Not only does dementia affect older people, but currently it is estimated 42,000 younger people are living with dementia in the UK. This is known as young-onset dementia, which can be described as people with dementia whose symptoms started before they were 65, like Mike’s partner Julie.
Mike visited our Head Office in York to receive the donation cheque, along with Leah Bull, Community Fundraiser at Alzheimer’s Society.
“It’s wonderful that Michael Pollard is giving his time to support Alzheimer’s Society by taking part in the Marathon in 2020 and we are very grateful to Pavers for making such a generous donation. Dementia devastates lives, but dementia won’t win. Until the day we find a cure we will be here for anyone affected by dementia, where they are, whatever they’re going through. We need more people like Michael and companies like Pavers to join us now and unite against dementia.”Leah Bull, Community Fundraiser at Alzheimer’s Society
“I was delighted the Foundation agreed to support this worthy cause. Having known Mike for over 20 years and witnessing the dramatic effect Julie’s diagnosis has had on their lives, it's been great to be able to help in our own small way. My mum also suffers from this debilitating condition, so I’ve also seen at firsthand how the person you once knew disappears slowly over time. Therefore, any contribution to research into the illness is close to my heart.”Mark Granger, Director of Operations at Pavers and Committee Member of the Pavers Foundation
To find out more about how you can support this cause, please visit www.alzheimers.org.uk.