Left over holiday coins help find a cure for Alzheimer’s

18 November 2014

After a 2 month campaign, local Euro MP Linda McAvan has handed over a heavy bucket of foreign coins to the Alzheimer’s society to help fund their essential research.

Generous local people have been handing in their coins from as far as China, Australia, Singapore and Mexico as well as places closer to home.

Sadly, 665,065 people in England alone are living with some form of dementia, with nearly 17,000 of those in South Yorkshire. The coins collected will be exchanged by the Alzeheimer’s society to help them fund research into the cause, cure, care and prevention of dementia.

Linda has pushed for the European Union to do more to address Alzheimer’s, working closely with the European Alzheimer’s Alliance to organise workshops where scientists, patients and politicians have worked together to establish best practice and outline what else can be done.

Linda said;

“Like many people, it was when loved ones were affected by neurological disorders that I became much more aware of the need for more research in this area. I have pushed the EU to pool knowledge and resources to both treat Alzheimer's and establish best practice for those living with the condition, and for their carers.”

Zoe Barraclough Community Fundraiser South Yorkshire & Humber said;

“As a charity, we rely on the generosity of individuals to help us continue our vital work. We are really pleased that Linda has been working with her constituents to support us in this way and would like to say a big thank you to all those who donated.”

Zoe added;

“If anyone still has coins that they would like to donate, or would like to collect coins within their workplace or family and friends then please do get in touch with the Alzheimer’s Society using my email address zoe.barraclough@alzheimers.org.uk”.

Linda hands the coins over to Zoe Barraclough and Kathryn Harris from the Alzheimer's Society. 

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