Jamie's Film



The Row




Jamie Graham's Dementia Challenge

FORGET ME NOT a poignant film telling the story of Jamie Graham, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease aged 59-years-old.

The Film is narrated by Downton Abbey actor Dan Stevens and follows Jamie in his quest to fulfil a lifelong goal – to row down the River Thames and raise money for Alzheimer's research.

A team of former Olympian rowers joined forces with Jamie to help him achieve his ambition against the backdrop of the beautiful Oxfordshire countryside, with the journey taking him from Henley-on-Thames to Eton school.

As Jo Rogers, crew member and producer of the film of Jamie's row says, for anyone who lives with dementia, or who cares for someone with it, the question burns: what are we going to do about it? Before it does something about us.

Jamie wanted to "do something". He wanted to raise the profile of the disease, to fund urgently needed research and to keep his own spirits up. So he decided he would attempt to row 25 miles with his friends and family from Henley on Thames to Eton, where he would finish his challenge by heading up the annual Procession of Boats at the famous school where he was once a pupil.

For Jamie this would be a brave and difficult challenge, for while he could remember the deeply entrenched act of rowing, he could no longer remember how to get in and out of a boat.

The Film tells the story of Jamie’s big day out on the river, weaving an intimate picture of life with Alzheimer’s, set against this beautiful Oxfordshire backdrop. It is his own story, in his own often faltering but candid and courageous words.

As Jamie says in the film: "We could do more". If you would like to help fund Dr Magdalena Sastre's research project at Imperial College London, looking at the link between physical activity and dementia, please consider donating to Alzheimer's Research UK.

FORGET ME NOT premiered on Community Channel in November 2012 to coincide with David Cameron's Dementia Reception at 10 Downing Street. The film has been screened more than thirty times and may be viewed here on BBC iPlayer.

Vicki and Jamie Graham with film producer Jo Rogers

Dementia Reception at 10 Downing Street, 8 Nov 2012

Vicki and Jamie Graham are Champions of Alzheimer’s Research UK and represented the UK’s leading dementia research charity at a Downing Street reception celebrating the progress of Prime Minister David Cameron’s Dementia Challenge.

"It was an honour to be invited to represent Alzheimer’s Research UK," said Vicki. "We were delighted to meet the Prime Minister and talk to so many incredible people – it was a wonderful experience. We’re thrilled that David Cameron has made dementia a priority, including an increase in funding for research. Despite all the love and care, dementia overwhelms everything. The only solution is new treatments and a cure."

Rebecca Wood, chief executive of Alzheimer’s Research UK, said afterwards: "Jamie and Vicki’s enduring support is greatly appreciated and we were pleased they had the opportunity to share their compelling story with David Cameron at the Downing Street reception. Early-onset Alzheimer’s is relatively rare but Jamie’s experience shows that dementia doesn’t just affect older people.

"Alzheimer’s Research UK has committed £5.5m to new research projects this year, increasing our current commitment to over £20m. We rely entirely on our supporters to fund our pioneering dementia research and are hugely grateful for their continued support."