BRACE stands out as an important charity with a unique role. Founded in 1987 by people whose families were affected by the disease, BRACE was drumming up support for dementia research long before the news broadcasts were full of dementia stories and a consensus formed that answers were needed urgently.

The challenge we face is that dementia research remains troublingly underfunded: for every £10 spent on dementia care and support, just 8 pence is spent on the research to defeat it.

Lisa Golding