Alzheimer’s Society has been chosen as Mid and East Antrim Borough Council’s ‘Mayor’s Charity of the Year’ for 2015.
Councillor Billy Ashe, Mayor of Mid and East Antrim Borough Council plans to raise funds over the year with a variety of events.
The mayor said: “I decided to support Alzheimer’s Society because my mother suffered from this illness, and as a family, we had firsthand experience of the devastating consequences not just to the patient but to all around them.
“The Alzheimer’s Society helped support our family in our time of need and it’s great to think that I have the opportunity to be raising funds to help support people to live well with dementia today and fund research to find a cure for tomorrow.”
The Alzheimer’s Society’s Andy Boal, community fundraiser for north and east Northern Ireland said: “We are delighted that Cllr. Ashe is giving his time to support Alzheimer’s Society. One in three people over 65 will die with dementia.
“It is more than just memory loss; it robs people of their lives and has a devastating impact on families and loved ones.
“As a charity, we rely on the generosity of the public to help us continue our vital work. Please back Mid and East Antrim Borough Council in their fundraising efforts so that Alzheimer’s Society can continue leading the fight against dementia.”
In Northern Ireland, there are over 19,000 people living with dementia.
One in three people over 65 will die with dementia. A national dementia helpline, number is 0845 300 0336.