A TV Director from Southport who has made episodes of Hollyoaks, Shameless and EastEnders will tackle this year’s Great Manchester Run to boost funds for Alzheimer’s Research UK. David Richardson, 60, is running in memory of his mum, Catherine, who died with Alzheimer’s disease in 2006. The 10K race takes place on Sunday 10 May.
Known as Europe’s biggest 10K running event, the Great Manchester Run takes in some of the city’s most iconic views, including Manchester United’s Old Trafford stadium, the award-winning Imperial War Museum and The Lowry.
The run will be the longest distance David has competed in, but admits although he knows he has set himself a tough challenge he is dedicated to doing everything he can to support the UK’s leading dementia research charity.
“My mother was a great swimmer and enjoyed walking and days out. She had a tremendous sense of humour and she was a very bright woman. It was really hard to see how dementia changed her. Alzheimer’s is a cruel disease that can take people away from us while they are still alive and strips away their dignity.
“Research into dementia is grossly underfunded and this has to change. Research is the only answer to defeat dementia and I’m confident that with the right investment a cure will be found.”
Jodie Vaughan, Community Fundraising Manager at Alzheimer’s Research UK, the UK’s leading dementia research charity, said:
“We can’t thank David enough for taking on the Great Manchester Run to raise money for Alzheimer’s Research UK and we wish him every success on the day. The money he raises will help provide crucial resources for our scientists and fund pioneering research, driving the next breakthrough.
“There are 850,000 people across the UK living with dementia today, including over 18,000 in Merseyside. Research has the power to defeat dementia, and Alzheimer’s Research UK is leading the charge. We rely on dedicated supporters like David to fund our world-class research.”
To help David raise money for Alzheimer’s Research UK’s groundbreaking research, donate online at www.virginmoneygiving.com/DavidLewisRichardson. For further information about Alzheimer’s Research UK or to find out more about fundraising for the charity, call 0300 111 5555 or visit www.alzheimersresearchuk.org.
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