Margaret Barstow, Defying Dementia Volunteer

Margaret became involved in the Defying Dementia campaign after seeing a poster about Lancaster’s research. Keen to find out more, she contacted the team who arranged for her to meet the scientists and find out more about our work.

Why did you decide to become involved in the Defying Dementia campaign?

My husband Keith suffered with dementia, he sadly passed away in July 2015. After he passed away I had much more free time to get involved in a range of different things. I became involved in this campaign because the focus is on developing a drug that can help dementia sufferers.

How has being involved in the campaign helped you?

It has helped me come to terms with Keith’s death – I began to support the campaign by stitching the yellow ribbons which we sell to raise money for the campaign – with each stitch there was a tear for Keith. The campaign team are so enthusiastic and I have made new friendships – by bringing people together with common interests we have been able to support each other.

How can people get involved?

Please contact Laura Slater on l.slater@lancaster.ac.uk / 01524 592376 if you think you can help with our campaign – everyone has their own talents to give and every little bit of support helps us move closer to finding a cure for this awful disease.

(Pictured right:  Defying Dementia Campaign Assistant Leah Derbyshire, Margaret Barstow and Defying Dementia Campaign Manager Laura Slater)