Actress Britt Ekland has given her backing to those with dementia at the launch of the Bupa Great Manchester Run.
The Bond girl is supporting the Alzheimer's Society, this year's nominated charity, in its bid to raise £1 million for dementia care.
Ekland's mother suffered with Alzheimer's, which she can rob people of their lives.
"Dementia is a cruel condition. That's why I've made it my duty to spread awareness and help others living with dementia and those who care for them," she comments.
Opera singer Russell Watson, Coronation Street star Antony Cotton and former Hollyoaks actress Gemma Atkinson are also supporting the event, which takes place on May 17th.
The ten km run was first held in 2003 when some 10,000 people took part.
A record 33,000 entries will be accepted for the 2009 event, which also incorporates shorter runs for youngsters aged three to 14.
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