A security company has donated £20,000 to the Alzheimer's Research Trust with a hope of bringing scientists closer to a breakthrough.
Director of Digital R F LTd, John Rodgers decided to give the generous donation after his brother Peter was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's at the age of 58 and died in 2009, eleven years afterwards.
Rebecca Wood, chief executive of the Alzheimer’s Research Trust, said that the money would go towards funding 200 days of world-class research and bring scientists closer to new treatments for those with Alzheimer's.
"Over 15,000 people in Essex live with the daily reality of dementia and that number is set to rise as the population ages. Dementia research is hugely under-funded and we rely entirely on our wonderful supporters to allow us to continue with our crucial work," she says.
Meanwhile, Cliff Richard has donated funds from the Christmas sale of his popular song Little Town to the Alzheimer's Research Trust after losing his mother to the disease.