Actor Suranne Jones has expressed her determination to help people affected by dementia, following her appointment as an ambassador for Alzheimer’s Society.
With the number of people living with dementia across the UK set to rise to one million by 2025, the Gentleman Jack actor will help the the charity on its mission to power research breakthroughs to improve care and find a cure, challenge perceptions and provide support.
Jones, who won a BAFTA for her role in Doctor Foster accepted the role of Alzheimer’s Society Ambassador as her late mother lived with dementia for eight years, before passing away in 2016.
Speaking about the Alzheimer’s Society Ambassador role, Suranne Jones said: “I’m honoured to have been asked to be an official Ambassador for Alzheimer’s Society, which I proudly accept on behalf of myself and my mother.
“I have supported Alzheimer’s Society for some time now and I’ve been hugely impressed at the charity’s dedication to improve the lives of people affected by dementia and create a world without dementia in the future.”
Jones has been a supporter of Alzheimer’s Society for many years, having previously backed its flagship fundraising campaigns Memory Walk and Cupcake Day, as well as the charity’s TakeOn12 challenge.
She has also taken on a trek in the Scottish Highlands to raise even more money for the charity.
Jones said: “I did a Ben Nevis Midnight trek with a friend whose grandma had dementia – we found it equally challenging and thrilling and it gave us both time to reflect on our similar situations.
“I believe in challenging yourself and experiencing situations that push you out of your comfort zone, which is, of course, what people with dementia, carers and families face every day.”
Jeremy Hughes, CEO at Alzheimer’s Society, said: “We’re delighted Suranne has joined us as an Ambassador because she shares our determination that nobody should face dementia alone and without adequate support.
“By uniting with Alzheimer’s Society, Suranne has already helped us raise valuable funds to change the landscape of dementia and ultimately find a cure. I know that by formally stepping up her support, she will make an even greater difference to people affected by dementia.”
Home Care Insight previously reported that Call the Midwife star Judy Parfitt has become an ambassador for Dementia UK, a growing charity that provides Admiral Nurses for families affected by dementia.