Steve joins Liverpool's fight against Dementia(September 08, 2016)
“I am delighted to be taking part in the Alzheimer’s Society Memory Walk today, joining with hundreds of people to help raise vital funds with the goal of fighting dementia.
“My campaigning on this issue is for deeply personal reasons. My mum lived with dementia in her final years and sadly passed away in 2003. Like many people I questioned why she wasn’t diagnosed earlier, why there was not better advice, why there was a lack of treatments and why this crippling disease was never really spoken about.
“Thankfully, as time has moved on there is much more awareness around dementia thanks to organisations, care providers and charities who offer much more expert advice, care, post-diagnosis support and treatment for sufferers and their families. Alzheimer’s Society is one of those organisations".
“During my time as Lord Mayor of Liverpool in 2008, I was proud to award the Alzheimer’s Society with one their largest ever donations at that time of £115,000, as one of my sponsored charities.
"The reality is that the number of people with dementia in the UK is set to rise. In Merseyside alone there are an estimated 18.294 people living with dementia, therefore it is vital that we continue to raise awareness in order to support those people who are living with the condition in our community and encourage those individual who may be concerned for their own or somebody else's wellbeing.
"In my capacity as a Member of Parliament and Labour's candidate for Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, I will continue to play my part in helping our whole area strike towards a more dementia friendly region".