Alzheimer’s Research UK and parkrun:
A partnership for people who rise to the challenge

Dementia is one of the world’s greatest challenges. Symptoms can include memory loss, confusion, mood changes and difficulty with day-to-day tasks. With no treatments currently available to stop or slow its progression, it shatters lives and leaves millions heartbroken.

But there is hope.

At Alzheimer’s Research UK, the UK’s leading dementia research charity, we believe science and innovation hold the key to defeating dementia.

We’re investing in the brightest scientific minds to give hope to the 830,000 people across the UK currently living with the condition, and to future generations.

Alzheimer’s Research UK is proud to have the backing of parkrun and together we’re inviting you to join #TeamARUKparkrun and help us take a step closer to a world free from dementia.

Visit our dedicated partnership page – – to apply for a charity place in a number of prestigious events, or discover a whole host of other inspirational fundraising ideas. Parkrunners can also share their reasons for supporting pioneering dementia research to raise valuable awareness.

Like parkrun, Alzheimer’s Research UK is growing at a phenomenal rate as people realise the importance of getting on board with our mission to change lives for good.

Dementia research is decades behind diseases like cancer, but we’re leading the fightback with the launch of our five-year, £100 million Defeat Dementia campaign – the biggest single charitable commitment to dementia research in history – and it is our supporters who will power this fight.

This major fundraising initiative, our partnership with parkrun and our fantastic supporters will drive transformational change for people living with dementia and their families. We can and will defeat dementia, but we need people to be part of this movement to arrive at this day sooner.

Donate Your Time

Alzheimer’s Research UK, the UK’s leading dementia research charity, is encouraging parkrunners across the country to ‘Donate Your Time’ this Christmas.

The fundraising campaign Donate Your Time is being launched as a result of the public’s warm response to the charity’s Christmas Advert, Santa Forgot.

The animation has taken social media by storm with #SantaForgot trending on Twitter as dozens of celebrities spread the word, including the animation narrator and famous actor Stephen Fry. Santa Forgot has now been viewed on social media over two million times.

Over the four weekends of December, anyone participating in parkrun will have the opportunity to convert their finish time into a one-off donation to Alzheimer’s Research UK.

The money raised will help fund vital research into treatments and preventions for dementia.

To donate, parkrunners can simply click on the link in their results email after any parkrun from Saturday 3 December to Christmas Eve, or go to donateyourtime.

We’re here to help

Dementia is our greatest health challenge, but there is still a lot of misunderstanding surrounding it. We’re helping put people in the know with our dementia information, all accredited by the NHS Information Standard for clarity and accuracy.

To find out more about dementia, and for further information about supporting Alzheimer’s Research UK, visit or call 0300 111 5 777.