In dementia research, as in medical science generally, progress is incremental, but there are moments of revelation, when everything seems to be propelled forwards. The reality, of course, is that what has been achieved over a long period is suddenly revealed. Such was the news this year about the potential of aducanumab as a drug to treat Alzheimer’s and slow its progression.

Through our contacts with researchers we fund, we are aware of lines of enquiry into other potential treatments and diagnostic tools that could give us encouraging or even dramatic headlines in months and years ahead.

At Christmas, though, we tend to look back and say ‘thank you’ to people who have helped at the other end of the research process, raising funds and making donations towards the resources that scientists so urgently need if they are going to make more and bigger ‘aducanumab moments’ happen.

It's always invidious to single out supporters for special thanks, but that it what I am about to do. The individuals, community groups, businesses and others listed below have all given us exceptional help during the year. We are no less grateful to everyone else who helped us in any way.

  • Ali Vowles, BBC Bristol – for acting as interviewer and panel chair at our conference in November
  • Alive – for the talk given at our Annual Celebration
  • Avonmere Care Home
  • Bristol & Avon Chinese Women’s Group – for giving us an opportunity to engage with the Chinese community about dementia
  • Bristol Dementia Action Alliance – for being our allies and partners at various events, including planning the biggest yet next June
  • Bristol Robotics Labs – for hosting a joint event ‘Design 4 Dementia’ in May
  • Bristol Saxophone Quartet – for a fine concert that raised a large sum for dementia research
  • C V Gower Funeral Directors, Winscombe
  • Chippenham Golf Club – for making us their Captain’s Charity and raising almost £9,000
  • Conference panellists – Tony Kitt, Dr Anne Corbett, Dr Mark Norman, Jacqui Ramus
  • Conference speakers – Sir Steve Webb, Marjorie Creek, Dr Liz Coulthard, Brand Biology and Nicci Gerrard
  • David Thomas – Community Champion at Asda Filton
  • Health Tech Hub – for donating three 3D brain models, all generated from MRI scans, to help BRACE and researchers inform the public about dementia
  • Inn on the Green
  • Julia Hwang, international star violinist and BRACE Ambassador – for supporting BRACE (again) with another brilliant performance, this time at the Filtones’ concert
  • Members of the Interactive Business Club (IBC) for their help and support, especially Sam Hawkins, who is on her way to Mount Everest for BRACE next year
  • Nuclear Institute – for raising over £2,000 at their annual dinner in March
  • ReMemBr Group – for continued support by informing our work and helping at public events
  • Speakers at public information meetings we have organised – Anna Molter (Barcan+Kirby), James Selwood (University of Bristol), Debbie Goodsell (Gracewell), Heather Penwarden Honiton DAA), Katie Lunnon (University of Exeter), Rachel Johnstone (Dementia UK), Emma Gray (Everys), Beccy Pracownik & Becky Cousins (North Bristol NHS Trust), Kate Norris & Annie James (Mogers Drewett)
  • Stephanie Cole, well known TV and stage actress – for coming to a special event for supporters and talking about life behind the scenes
  • Stone King
  • The Filtones Choir – for organising another highly successful concert in aid of BRACE, which included a performance by the brilliantly talented Julia Hwang
  • The James Tudor Foundation – for generously donating towards both the cost of our conference and our appeal for a Dementia Research Nurse
  • Thornbury Lights committee – for choosing BRACE as their supported charity for the annual Christmas lights ceremony, and helping to raise our profile in the town
  • Thornbury Rotary Club – for making us (with South Glos Young Carers) the beneficiaries of £4,000 each from their annual swimarathon
  • Tom Ash, Foot Anstey – for generously giving of his time to help our communications work
  • University of Exeter – for help and support with facilities and networking in Exeter
  • Volunteers of all sorts, including speakers, collectors, people who help at events and people who help with mailings