Over the last four years, parkrunners across the country have raised an incredible £1.5 million for Alzheimer’s Research UK. The partnership between the two was launched in 2015 when the UK’s leading dementia research charity became the official charity partner and, since then, thousands of parkrunners have been involved in the cause.
The staggering £1.5m has been raised by parkrunners taking on a range of activities including tackling dedicated virtual running challenges, being inspired to take on gruelling challenges like the Virgin Money London Marathon for the charity and giving personal donations towards the cause.
The partnership’s biggest campaign to date is Running Down Dementia – the charity’s award-winning virtual running event, which was launched in 2016 and challenges participants to run 100km or more over the summer. In four years the campaign has raised over £1million.
The figure translates to what in effect would be enough to maintain the entire Alzheimer’s Research UK network running for two years. Ian Wilson, Chief Executive of Alzheimer’s Research UK, said: “We are incredibly grateful that so many parkrunners have got behind our cause, many of whom are motivated to support us because they have seen loved ones affected by dementia.
“More than half of UK adults know someone with dementia and it is the country’s leading cause of death. Today, there are no effective treatments to slow, stop or prevent diseases that cause dementia, such as Alzheimer’s. But thanks to our amazing supporters, there are now more researchers than ever working to change that and Alzheimer’s Research UK is spearheading efforts to translate promising discoveries in the laboratory into life-changing treatments for the future.
You can learn more about the partnerhship here.