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Alzheimer's Society is charity of the year

26th June 2007

The Alzheimer's Society has been named charity of the year for its work to push dementia up the political agenda.

It was awarded at the 2007 Charity Awards, whose judges mentioned three specific areas which caught their attention.

The first was the Hands of Dementia Drugs campaign, which saw the charity take the National Institute for Clinical Excellence to court over the issue of access to medicines.

The second was the charity's use of the Coronation Street storyline, in which Mike Baldwin developed Alzheimer's, to alert a wider audience to the impacts of the disease.

The third was the Dementia UK report, which put in place an evidence-based analysis of dementia's impact and reach in the UK.

It highlighted the fact that the disease affects 700,000 people in the country, costing £17 billion each year.

Andrew Chidgey, head of policy and communications, said: "These are statistics that cannot be ignored and we are proud to have made sure the country knows how serious the condition is."