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Footballer's book to raise money for dementia

Footballer's book to raise money for dementia
9th August 2010

Footballer Robbie Savage is helping to raise money for a dementia charity with the release of his autobiography.

The Derby County and former Wales captain has chronicled his near 20 years as a professional footballer, a career which can at the very least be described as "colourful".

Savage chose to help the Alzheimer's Society with the proceeds of his book in tribute to his father, who has been diagnosed with a form of dementia.

"I've faced a lot of challenges on the pitch but watching my father and my hero diagnosed with dementia has been the biggest challenge of my life - I've never felt so helpless," he told the charity.

Jo Swinhoe, fundraising and marketing director at the Alzheimer's Society, says that the charity is very grateful for Savage's generosity, as the book will raise vital funds to support people with dementia.

The Alzheimer's Society estimates that by 2025, more than one million people in the UK will be living with some form of dementia.

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