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Ilkley fundraiser Rupert is a Champion for charity
8:00am Sunday 20th October 2013 in Local news
A singer-songwriter from Ilkley has been made a Champion of Alzheimer’s Research UK.
Rupert Stroud, 26, was given the title in recognition of his exceptional support for the charity following the loss of his much-loved grandma Eileen to Alzheimer’s disease in 2009, aged 87.
Alzheimer’s Research UK now has a small but growing group of 23 Champions – supporters who have gone above and beyond to help the charity in its mission to defeat dementia.
In recognition of being made a Champion, Rupert has contributed a blog post to Alzheimer’s Research UK’s new blog site online at dementiablog.org/rupert-stroud-always During the past 18 months, Rupert has raised more than £5,000 for vital research into Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. He has achieved this by releasing a single entitled Always with 100 per cent of the profits donated to the charity, and hosting a fundraising music concert at the Ilkley Playhouse.
In addition to raising vital funds for research, Rupert has spoken out passionately about his grandma to the media and at public events, to help raise awareness of Alzheimer’s Research UK’s pioneering research and improve understanding of dementia.
Rupert said: “I’m proud to be doing something positive to help in the fight against dementia and I’m honoured to be made a Champion of Alzheimer’s Research UK.
“I would like to encourage younger generations who have a grandparent, aunt, uncle or even a parent with dementia, to do what they can to raise awareness. It’s our generations who will reap the benefits of today’s pioneering research.”
Rebecca Wood, chief executive of Alzheimer’s Research UK, said: “We are delighted to make Rupert a Champion of Alzheimer’s Research UK. He has shown such enthusiasm in his support for the charity and truly deserves this honour. Rupert is always willing to help us make the case for dementia research, and this is our way of showing our appreciation for his hard work and dedication.
“His fundraising and promotion of research is a real asset, helping to bring better forms of diagnosis, preventions, new treatments and a cure ever closer.
“There are hundreds of thousands of people across the UK living with dementia today, including more than 7,500 people in Leeds and more than 5,000 people in Bradford. Dementia poses one of the greatest threats to public health now and in the future, but funding for research still lags far behind other serious diseases.
“We rely on public donations to fund our crucial research and it’s thanks to the commitment and support of people like Rupert that we are able to continue our pioneering work.”