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Race Against Dementia Selected For The Telegraph’s Christmas Charity Appeal


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Race Against Dementia has been chosen as one of four charities to benefit from the Telegraph’s Christmas Charity Appeal this year. From now until January 2024, The Telegraph will share stories on Race Against Dementia across their various channels. The articles and interviews will cover our unique approach to dementia research with our F1 mindset, the challenges we face in our urgent mission to find a cure for dementia and the ground-breaking research being carried out by our Fellows.

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We are delighted to be supporting Race Against Dementia this year

Chris Evans, Editor of the Telegraph, says “We are delighted to be supporting Race Against Dementia this year and look forward to sharing its work in the Telegraph.”

We are incredibly proud to be a part of this initiative, which allows us to share our mission with a wider audience and garner new support. Last year, the Christmas Charity Appeal raised an impressive £726,000 for the selected charities, and we are excited to see the positive impact it will have on our continued efforts to accelerate dementia research this year.

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Of every three people born today, one will die with dementia

Race Against Dementia’s, Bridget Barker shares:

CEO of Race Against Dementia, Bridget Barker
Bridget Barker

“Dementia is significantly reshaping the healthcare landscape. According to a recent University College London study, England and Wales is set for an alarming 42% surge in cases by 2040. It is the UK’s biggest killer. Of every three people born today, one will die with dementia – unless treatments are developed and a cure found. 

Race Against Dementia is here to accelerate progress. With the funding we attract, we back the world’s most promising early-career scientists and research teams in the field. Inspired by our founder, three-time Formula 1 World Champion Sir Jackie Stewart, we instil a Formula 1 mindset to turbocharge new thinking – and action. 

Our dedication to finding innovative solutions to tackle dementia is now gaining even more momentum.
Dr Claire Durrant, Race Against Dementia Fellow

In 2023, two Alzheimer’s drugs gained approval in the US, marking a significant shift in gear. What was once an apparently insurmountable challenge, dementia research now has fresh optimism. However, this year has also witnessed escalating research costs. Rigorous, in-depth investigations conducted by exceptionally skilled experts demand substantial funding and time. New financial support is imperative. Race Against Dementia’s burgeoning network of backers and donors – all standing firmly behind every one of our research scientists – is a beacon of hope. Together, we will beat dementia.

Our dedication to finding innovative solutions to tackle dementia is now gaining even more momentum. Together with the support of The Telegraph and our passionate community of supporters, we are confident that we can make great strides in our mission to defeat this devastating disease.”

The Telegraph Christas Charity Appeal 2023 launched on Saturday 4 November and you can now donate to Race Against Dementia, here.

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Dementia impacts memory, thinking and behaviour and includes several types of cognitive decline, such as Alzheimer’s disease, frontotemporal dementia, vascular dementia and Lewy body dementia.


The Race Against Dementia Fellowship Programme funds and supports the world’s most promising scientific talent. We back promising research projects that will accelerate progress towards a cure and treatment.


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