Friday 22 September 2017

Iconic bridge lit up for World Alzheimer’s Day

The North East’s iconic Millennium Bridge was lit up blue to mark World Alzheimer’s Day.

The famous landmark was blue from dusk on Thursday 21st until 2am Friday morning.

The idea came about after research scientist Dr Lauren Walker from Newcastle University, approached Gateshead Council.

She said: “My research is focussed on dementia so I was keen to do something to raise awareness of the condition.

“I’d heard about the possibility of the bridge being lit up, so thought it was worth asking Gateshead Council if it was possible. I was thrilled when they agreed”.

Dr Walker is currently funded by the Alzheimer’s Society but was supported by the NIHR Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre, which focusses on understanding more on the causes, therapies and potential cures for dementia and related conditions, throughout her PhD.

She added: “The brain is an incredibly complex organ and much of it is still a mystery to us – but that’s what makes it such an exciting field of research to be involved in. The number of people affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other disorders that cause dementia is increasing, and it’s a privilege to be working in an area that may ultimately make a difference in the lives of people who are affected by dementia”.

Every year World Alzheimer’s Day takes place on 21 September, and is the focal point of World Alzheimer’s Month.

It is an opportunity for organisations around the world to raise awareness and highlight issues faced by people affected by dementia.