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Father Ted star launches memories campaign for Alzheimer's research

21 Sep 2009

The star of TV favourite Father Ted, Pauline McLynn, will kick-start a new campaign for the Alzheimer's Research Trust (ART) called Memories Matter by appearing at an event in Manchester on World Alzheimer's Day - 21 September.

The best-selling writer and actress, who played Mrs Doyle, will appear at the free public event hosted by The University of Manchester at the Chancellors Conference Centre from 2pm. The afternoon will feature accessible talks on the latest research developments from scientists, and is designed to help anyone who wants to know more about Alzheimer's.

Before the event begins Pauline will unveil the ART's memory wall – a unique collection of hundreds of memories submitted by the public on sticky-notes. The display draws attention to the memory loss experienced by the 700,000 people in the UK who live with dementia, and how we could halt this: through research into new treatments, preventions and cures.

Pauline supported the campaign by submitting her own memory, recalling her childhood: "One of my first memories is my Dad showing me that when the big hand was at 12 and the small hand at 9 on the clock, he would be back to take me to school."

Members of the public are invited to add their unforgettable moments – good, bad or otherwise – to the hundreds already collected on the Alzheimer's Research Trust website at www.memories-matter.org

Selected memories will appear on the memory wall, which, after launching in Manchester, will tour the UK.

As well as heralding the start of Memories Matter, Pauline will talk during the afternoon about her latest book Missing You Already, which deals with the issue of Alzheimer's.

Dr Marie Janson, Director of Development at the Alzheimer's Research Trust, said: "We are delighted that Pauline McLynn is helping us draw attention to the profound memory loss experienced by people with Alzheimer's. There is currently no cure for the disease, but with the help of well-known personalities like Pauline, we hope we can raise awareness of the urgent need for dementia research and have some fun doing it."

Dr Stuart Pickering-Brown, a dementia expert at The University of Manchester, said: "We've made great progress into the causes of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias in Manchester in recent years; it's an exciting time to be involved in this work."

The public is welcome to attend the free event at the Chancellors Conference Centre, Moseley Road, from 2pm on Monday, 21 September. No prior registration is required. Refreshments provided.

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Notes for editors

Photo Opportunity: Pauline McLean will unveil the Memories Matter memory wall.

When - 21 September, 1.30pm

Where -Chancellors Hotel and Conference Centre, Chancellors Way, Moseley Road, Manchester, M14 6NN

Contact- if you plan to send a photographer, please contact Tim Parry at the Alzheimer's Research Trust press office on 01223 843304

Members of the public are invited to add their unforgettable moments - good, bad or otherwise - to the hundreds already collected on the Alzheimer's Research Trust website www.memories-matter.org, or on Twitter using the #memories matter tag.

Selected memories from the public will be displayed on the Alzheimer's Research Trust's Memory Wall, which will tour the country from this month.

The Alzheimer's Research Trust press office (01223 843304) can arrange interviews with people affected by dementia.

The Alzheimer's Research Trust provides free information on Alzheimer's disease and related dementias: phone 01223 843899. The charity relies solely on public donations to fund its research.

Other memories have come from Alzheimer's Research Trust Patron Sir Terry Pratchett, the three party leaders Gordon Brown, David Cameron and Nick Clegg, as well as maverick politicians Lembit Opik and Ian Gibson. Contributing TV personalities and actors include Sir Michael Parkinson, Tony Robinson, Arlene Phillips, Floella Benjamin, Timothy West, historian Andrew Roberts and many more.

The University of Manchester, a member of the Russell Group, was ranked with the elite group of research universities traditionally formed by the triangle of Oxford, Cambridge and London in the recent Research Assessment Exercise 2008.

For further information contact:

Tim Parry
Press Officer
Alzheimer's Research Trust

Tel: 01223 843304
Mob: 07795 823308
Email press@alzheimers-research.org.uk

Or Aeron Haworth
Media Officer
The University of Manchester

Tel: 0161 275 8383
Email: aeron.haworth@manchester.ac.uk