2018 in all its glory

The BRACE Office is now closing for the Christmas and New Year period. The office will reopen at 9am on Wednesday 2 January 2019. 

As the year draws to a close, it is only natural that we take the time to reflect on all of BRACE’s achievements this year. 2018 has been a remarkable year and this would not have been possible without the generosity, hard-work and motivation of our many inspirational supporters; we are truly grateful to each-and-every one of you.

Picking out this year’s highlights is not easy, but here are a few things that have stood-out to us:

  • BRACE awarded a grant of £281,000 to the SW Dementia Brain Bank in May, this grant enables the SWDBB to continue its crucial dementia-research until at least late 2020. Looking ahead, we are working with the University of Bristol to secure its longer-term future.
  • Awarding multiple project or equipment grants to dementia-research scientists at the Universities of Bristol, Swansea, Plymouth and the West of England.
  • Our fifth annual Together 4 Dementia conference in November. This was in many ways our best conference yet, chaired for the fifth time by Sir Martyn Lewis. Martyn’s interview of Sunday Times bestselling dementia author Wendy Mitchell (Somebody I Used to Know) touched everyone present and part of it can be viewed here. We also welcomed world-renowned dementia scientists Professor Clive Ballard from the University of Exeter and other excellent speakers and panellists.
  • Holding our first ‘1987 Foundation’ lunch at the Mansion House in Bristol, Jonathan Dimbleby came as our guest of honour to meet supporters and talk about the importance of dementia-research.
  • The launch of our video #TimesUpDementia, donated to BRACE by Gideon Luke. Gideon is a marketing specialist whose own family has been affected by dementia this year, and who wanted to fight back against dementia by using his professional skills.
  • Exceeding our fundraising target for the year. We don’t know the exact total yet, but we are ahead of our previous record year – 2017.
  • Holding dementia information workshops for businesses wanting to become dementia friendly and, also workshops for individuals trying to plan for care in later life. These took place in Bristol, Bath and Exeter, and collaborators included the University of Exeter, Bristol DAA, South Glos DAA and several solicitors and wealth managers.
  • Working with our generous supporters in the business sector. Special mention to Whitechurch Securities, Canada Life, Barcan+Kirby, ForrestBrown, SFE, Thomas Westcott, Auto Trail, Hart Greaves, Everys Solicitors, ONA, Melanie’s Kitchen, Haighs Estate Agents, C J Hole Henleaze, Beard Construction, Innovecom, Adanac, Avenue Café, Barchester Homes, Avery Healthcare, Front of Mind Marketing, Pragmatic Practitioners, Sainsbury’s East Filton and Sainsbury’s Local in Bishopston.
  • Receiving fantastic support from community groups and schools. Amongst the many they include: Thornbury Rotary Club, Castle School, Redmaids Junior School, Warmley Social Club and Frenchay Church.
  • Working with the growing army of volunteers who collect outside supermarkets, run sales, organise coffee mornings, help with mailings, pack Christmas cards and give talks to community groups. Then there are all the people who make a huge effort through challenge events to raise funds for us, including the London Marathon and a range of runs, parachute jumps, bungee jumps and fun events.


Whoever you are, and whatever you have done to support BRACE this year, we are hugely grateful to you. We couldn’t have done any of this without you. Your motivation is our motivation; together we will defeat dementia.