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Thanks to everybody’s overwhelming generosity in 2010, when dementia sufferer, Jamie Graham and Crew rowed to Henley Royal Regatta, we helped fund the first year of Dr Magdalena Sastre’s four-year project at Imperial College London.

Jamie supports this research, since it links exercise to the production of the protein, PGC1a, which protects the brain from the development of amyloid deposits, the key components of Alzheimer’s.

The following year, Jamie and his Team decided to row back down river, from Henley to Eton for the Fourth of June celebrations. This time crew member Jo Rogers and her cameramen filmed the whole event. The wonderful documentary she produced for Ascendent Films tells the story of Jamie's return to his old school to head the Procession of Boats, reliving his days in the 1960s before early-onset Alzheimer's disease.

We are raising money for Alzheimer’s Research UK:

Alzheimer's Research UK is the UK's foremost dementia research charity. As research experts they fund world-class, pioneering scientists at major Universities to find preventions, treatments and a cure for dementia.

They forge partnerships with Government and other key organsations to make dementia research a National priority. We encourage everyone to join us in supporting research and achieving a world free of dementia.

Since it is a four-year project, please consider a regular donation or if you prefer to write a cheque, please send it to me, made out to Alzheimer’s Research UK. You may also donate online simply, safely and securely.