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Presentation to Alzheimer's Research UK

Jamie and Vicki Graham, from Dauntsey in Wiltshire, presented a cheque for £90,000 to the Alzheimer’s Research Trust in February 2011 at the charity’s re-launch in Westminster as Alzheimer’s Research UK.

   

This donation will help to fund a four year research project led by Dr Magdalena Sastre at Imperial College, London, looking at the link between physical activity and Alzheimer’s.

   
   
Rebecca Wood, Jamie and Vicki Graham
Julian Huppert MP, Dr Magdalena Sastre

Diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s three years ago at 59, Jamie rowed 22 miles from Eton to Henley with a crew of veteran oarsmen in July 2010, to raise the tremendous sum – the largest amount ever raised for the charity in a single sporting event. Together with an enthusiastic committee, Jamie and his wife Vicki put months of organisation into the fundraising challenge to make it such a huge success.

   

Jamie and Vicki have been made Champions of Alzheimer’s Research UK in recognition of their exceptional support for the UK’s leading dementia research charity.

Jamie said: "Vicki and I are honoured to be made Champions by the experts in dementia research. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to present our cheque in Westminster as the charity re-launches with its new identity, Alzheimer’s Research UK.

"The money we’ve raised will go towards a specific dementia research project looking at the link between physical activity and Alzheimer’s. This is particularly significant for me as I find keeping fit and active really helps. Although there are many day-to-day things I can’t do now, including being able to read and write, I still enjoy cycling, playing tennis and, very importantly, rowing."