Some of our valued supporters
The National Gardens Scheme
'Each year we ask our volunteers to nominate who our guest charity should be and Alzheimer's Society has been selected as our guest charity for 2012. As a national charity with a strong emphasis on support for people with dementia and their families, Alzheimer's Society is a perfect fit with our ongoing charitable aims.' (George Plumptre, Chief Executive of the National Gardens Scheme)
A huge thank you to the blooming marvellous National Gardens Scheme (NGS) for choosing Alzheimer's Society as its guest charity for 2012.
NGS encourages people to open their private gardens to the public to raise money for a wide range of charities, as well as one additional 'guest' charity each year. For 2012, NGS volunteers voted to support Alzheimer's Society.
2012 is a notable year for the National Gardens Scheme on three counts. The charity celebrates its 85th anniversary; it is the 80th edition of its famous Yellow Book listing all 3,800 private gardens that open and it will be distributing £2.6 million to its elected charities.
The Society is thrilled to have the support of the NGS, especially as it accords our service users, their carers and families the opportunity to visit their local gardens
Jeremy Hughes, Chief Executive of Alzheimer's Society said:
'I have long been a fan of the wonderful National Gardens Scheme events. Anything that can encourage people to celebrate the outdoors whilst raising money for good causes is an incredibly worthwhile enterprise. I am sure our supporters and members will be delighted to hear that we have your support.'
Alzheimer's Society would like to thank the NGS for their valued support and we look forward to working together over the coming year.
The Freemasons' Grand Charity
'We are delighted to be providing Alzheimer's Society with funding for their Carers' Programme, a valuable and much-needed initiative.'
Laura Chapman, Chief Executive of The Freemasons' Grand Charity.
The Society has received £50,000 towards our three year Carers' Programme which brings together 30 years of accumulated knowledge about dementia and supporting carers. The responsibility for caring for a person with dementia currently falls largely on families and individuals. The 670,000 carers save the UK public purse over £8 billion per year. Yet many carers are themselves unsupported and do not have the information about dementia they need to plan to live well with this devastating condition. The programme will be piloted and rolled out throughout England, Wales and Northern Ireland, benefiting around 1,950 carers and people with dementia.
The Freemasons' Grand Charity began nearly 300 years ago in the earliest days of organised Freemasonry and it aims to make a significant difference to people in real need. Their grants programme totals nearly £7 million each year and includes, amongst others, the areas of medical research and care for vulnerable people.
Alzheimer's Society would like to thank The Freemasons' Grand Charity for their generous support of our Carers' Programme.
Big Lottery Fund
We receive very generous support across the organisation from the Big Lottery Fund. Two Big Lottery Fund grants are funding the following areas of our work.
Living with Dementia programme
The Big Lottery Fund has provided a grant of £215,457 to recruit two Living with Dementia development officers. They are based in York and London and they cover the north and Northern Ireland and the south and Wales. They provide expert advice and guidance and work directly with people with dementia. Part of this work involves setting up local discussion forums for people with dementia to get involved and influence the work of the Society and external local dementia policy. This project is funded for three years.
Stem cell research
The Big Lottery Fund is also supporting our Research Strategy by providing a grant of £227,461 over three years. This will enable the Society to take forward a cutting edge stem cell research project. Dr Janet Carter is leading the research at University College London.
Stavros Niarchos Foundation
Alzheimer's Society has received a grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation towards our research to determine whether online CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) can improve the mental health of carers of people with dementia.
The Stavros Niarchos Foundation is one of the world's leading international philanthropic organisations, making grants in the areas of arts and culture, education, health and medicine, and social welfare. Since 1996 the Foundation has given €948 million through 2,115 grants to non-profit organisations in 102 nations around the world.
We are really excited that the Foundation has decided to support this vital and groundbreaking work which could see the development of a new service to improve the lives of the carers of people with dementia. Today 36 million people worldwide live with dementia and this is expected to rise to 115 million people by 2050. Together we have the opportunity through this project to make a difference to the quality of life these people experience. Importantly, if successful, online CBT training could benefit carers of other groups or carers, such as carers of people with Parkinson's disease.
Alzheimer's Society would like to thank the Board of Directors of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation for their generous support of the online CBT research project
Mike Gooley Trailfinders Charity
Research into dementia at Alzheimer's Society has also received a major financial boost thanks to a charitable donation of more than a million pounds.
The Society will receive a total of £1.2 million from the Mike Gooley Trailfinders Charity. The money is specifically for research and will fund two fellowships, which will improve understanding of the condition and explore ways of improving drug treatments for dementia. The Mike Gooley Trailfinders Charity has also pledged significant funding towards a further exciting new project, details to be announced later in the year.
This is the first time the Mike Gooley Trailfinders Charity has awarded a grant to the Alzheimer's Society for dementia research. The founder of the charity, after whom it is named, is the chairman of the travel company Trailfinders Ltd.
The supporters above have all given large grants for specific purposes. However, many more of our regular supporters donate regularly and give small amounts ranging from £100 up to £20,000. These are often pledged over three or four years.
Rosetrees Trust was established in 1987 and over 20 years has gifted millions of pounds to cutting edge research. Rosetrees Trust's vision is to fund researchers whether established or young and promising with the potential to become future leaders in their field and achieve extraordinary improvements in human health.Rosetrees Trust has supported research projects through the Alzheimer's Society for over 15 years, with funding of over £200,000. Rosetrees Trust has supported leading researchers such as Dr Wendy Noble and fellows under Professor Simon Lovestone and Professor Brian Anderton, at major research centres like the Institute of Psychiatry, in their quest to understand the processes by which Alzheimer's Disease occurs, to be able to better diagnose the disease and find targets for drugs to block its development.