See below for details of recent Defying Dementia events:


(Pictured right: Joe Pearson and Sarah Haddington from the Lancaster and Morecambe Lions Club on the Walk to Defy Dementia at Lancaster University).

Coming Up: 



Past events:


Defying Dementia Day 2018

This one-day event is an opportunity to brought together everybody in the North West who has an interest in dementia – staff & volunteers of dementia associations, people living with dementia, family members, clinicians, care professionals and scientists – to share and learn from one another.

For more information about the event, please click here


Santa Dash

Thank you to everyone who took part in the Santa Dash on Saturday 2nd December!

The total raised so far is £1049.64!!!

If you would like to donate to this cause please follow the link to the Just Giving Page. You can find photos of the event here.

Defying Dementia Day: Updates in Research and Living Well with Dementia

Saturday 16th September 2017 - 10:00am - 3:30pm George Fox Building, Lancaster University

This conference is a unique opportunity to bring together everyone in the North West with an interest in dementia. There are two parallel sessions throughout the day, one will focus on updates in research and medical initiatives, the other on living well with dementia.  For more information, and to register click here. Photos are available here.

Great North Run

Sunday 10th September 2017 - 10:30am Newcastle

Defying Dementia have secured a limited amount of spaces for keen runners and fundraisers to run the half marathon in Newcastle. We hope you support us in wishing our Great North Runners all the best on their half marathons. Good luck Jak, James and Kara!

Born Survivor 

Saturday 9th September 2017 - 10:00am Lowther Castle, Penrith

Defying Dementia have secured a limited amount of free and discounted places for Born Survivor. If you choose a free place, you will need to raise a minimum of £300 in sponsorship. Alternatively, you can choose a £50 place (current RRP price £64 rising to £89 just before the event), and raise a minimum of £50 in sponsorship. Email if you are interested.

Driving improvements in health care; Creating dementia friendly communities; Improving dementia research with Dianne Smith, Matron for Dementia, University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay Trust (A Life More Ordinary & Defying Dementia Lecture Series)

Thursday 15th June 2017 - 7:00pm The Gallery, The Dukes, Lancaster

This talk will help understand what dementia is, the symptoms of dementia, plus the problems living daily with it for the person and their family. It covers the help given when someone is admitted to hospital with dementia and how a unique 'dementia hub' has been set up in our local community.

This lecture is free, but places are limited, so please book via The Dukes (01524 598500).

Family Fun Day

Saturday 27th May - 1:00pm - Late The Melbourne Pub, Slyne Road, Lancaster

Volunteer Louise has organised a family fun day, which will include disco, magic, raffles and much more. Entry is from 1pm until late, it is £2 per entry until 4pm which includes a hotdog, and then after 4pm the charge will be £5. Evening entertainment includes Voce and magician Kevin Cunliffe.

Not a Pub Quiz

Thursday 11th May 2017 - 6:45pm - 10:00pm Lancaster University campus, Lancaster

A group of kind Lancaster University students have organised a pub quiz/bar crawl in aid of Defying Dementia. The quiz begins at Furness College's bar 'Trevor' then moves to Grizedale and Pendle bars. As well as the quiz, there are exciting mini games and a raffle. There are also £2 drink deals on selected beverages in the bars. Tickets are £2 when bought in advance here, or £3 on the day. 

Charity Football Match: Lancaster & Morecambe Bay Rovers vs Liverpool Sefton Unison XI

Saturday 13th May 2017 - 12:00pm - 3:00pm Lancaster University campus, Lancaster

Cllr Margaret Pattison has organised a football match between her team, Lancaster & Morecambe Bay Rovers against Michael Hollomby's Liverpool Sefton Unison XI. Kick-off is at 12.15pm on Lancaster University's football pitch, and there will also be a bottle stall. All are welcome to attend this free event!

Community Day

Saturday 6th May 2017 - 11:00am - 4:00pm Lancaster University campus, Lancaster

Visit our Defying Dementia stand at Lancaster University's campus Community Day! We will be located in County Main Seminar Room 7, so pop in for a chat if you are worried about your memory and would like information on local dementia service providers, or you would like to know more about our neurodegenerative research. We hope to see you there!

'Still me': The continuing self of someone with dementia with Roger Clough, Emeritus Professor, Lancaster University (A Life More Ordinary & Defying Dementia Lecture Series)

Thursday 27th April 2017 - 7:00pm The Gallery, The Dukes, Lancaster

The lecture and discussion will pursue the topic of self and a continuing, through changing, identity. Roger Clough's premise is that people continue as themselves, 'still me'. In that he follows the title of the book and film Still Alice. He does not attempt to present a coherent picture of a 'self with dementia', rather to search at the topic and look for clues to 'being me'.

This lecture is free, but places are limited, so please book via The Dukes (01524 598500).

Charity Night Out

Saturday 18th March 2017 - 1.30pm Ye Olde John O'Gaunt, Lancaster

The Defying Dementia Student Society are hosting a charity night out in aid of Defying Dementia. The day consists of a variety of different singers and bands performing from 1.30pm. Entry is free, but a small donation is welcome. there will also be pulled pork sandwiches and jelly shots being sold throughout the day. Acts include Dead Man's Hand, Faded Eyes, Jonathan Parks and Katie Ashton.

Car Wash on Campus

Friday 10th March, Saturday 11th March 2017 - 11:00am-4:00pm Pendle Avenue, Lancaster University

Is your car in need of an intense wash or a slight spruce up? Do you struggle to find the time when you're working all day to wash your car? Look no further, as the Pendle College Charity Challenge team are hosting a car wash in Pendle Avenue, Lancaster University campus. The suggested donation is £5 and all proceeds go to Defying Dementia.

For more information or to book your car in, contact Olivia Ward at or simply turn up on the day.

Masquerade Ball

Friday 24th February 2017 - 7:00pm Leyland Golf Club 

South Ribble Dementia Action Alliance have organised a charity ball in aid of Defying Dementia. Tickets are £40 per person (£400 a table, 10 people maximum) and the price includes drinks on arrival and a three course dinner. Entertainment consists of a Michael Buble tribute act, disco, raffle and auction. The dress code is black tie/ball gown and don't forget your masque! To book or for more information, call 01772 625546 or Facebook @southribblepartnership

Defying Dementia: A Discussion with Arno Geiger, Dr Penny Foulds & Professor Paul Rodgers

Thursday 26th January 2017 - 7:00pm Peter Scott Gallery, Great Hall, Lancaster University

We invite you to a panel discussion exploring the issues surrounding dementia and the experiences which the disease brings with it. Featuring Austrian Novelist, Arno GeigerDr Penny Foulds, founder of Defying Dementia and Professor Paul Rodgers, Professor of Design at Lancaster University.  The discussion will be chaired by Nick Fragel, Director of Development and Alumni Relations at Lancaster University.

The Peter Scott Gallery is adjacent to the Great Hall on the main campus at Lancaster University. There is free parking around the venue from 6pm onwards.

The Science Behind the Headlines: How to minimise your risk of developing dementia with Dr Penny Foulds, Defying Dementia Campaign Founder (A Life More Ordinary & Defying Dementia Lecture Series)

Thursday 2nd February 2017 - 7:00pm The Gallery, The Dukes, Lancaster

Research has identified many risk factors associated with dementia. This presentation will discuss the different types of the condition and the risk factors, the evidence for or against certain things that may be of benefit in slowing the progression of dementia, or in reducing the risk of developing dementia. It is impossible to eliminate every single one; after all we can't avoid age, which is the most significant risk factor of all.

This lecture is free, but places are limited, so please book via The Dukes (01524 598500).

Warton Christmas Tree Festival

Friday 9th December - Sunday 18th December, The Parish Church of St Oswald, Warton

Your Defying Dementia team have sponsored a tree at the Warton Christmas Tree festival at The Parish Church of St Oswald, Warton. 

The Festival will be open to the public every afternoon between 2pm and 4.30pm, from Friday 9th December until Sunday 18th December. There will also be two Christmas Concerts during the Festival and refreshments will be provided in the Church.

Blackpool Winter Gardens Christmas Tree Festival

Saturday 19th - Sunday 20th November, Winter Gardens, Blackpool

Our fantastic volunteer Chris has co-ordinated a christmas tree for Defying Dementia at The Winter Gardens, Blackpool. 

The Festival will also include (as well as dozens of uniquely decorated trees) festive fun and games and Santa in his grotto.

The Festival is open on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th November, 11am-4pm. The admission fee is £1 for adults and children go free.

Quernmore Christmas Tree Festival

Thursday 1st December - Monday 5th December, St Peter's Church, Quernmore

Feeling festive already? Help us decorate our tree! To help our Defying Dementia tree stand out, we need your help! If you're feeling inspired, get creative and make us a decoration, then come along at any point during the festival and hang it on our tree. Your decoration can be anything you like, but should be inspired by your experience of dementia: whether it's a picture of a loved one or a mini papier mache head - it's your creation. After the festival, your decoration will be taken to the University where it will be displayed on the Christmas tree in the reception of University House.

The Christmas Tree Festival at Quernmore is really worth a visit! A beautiful country church, lit up by Christmas trees which will be decorated by generous local supporters - local businesses, individuals and primary schools. There will be drinks, mince pies, hot soup and bread available and an opportunity to sit, rest and soak up the Christmas tree smell!Refreshments will be available throughout the opening times.

The Festival will be open: 

Thursday 1st December 12noon – 6pm

Friday 2nd December 12noon – 6pm

Saturday 3rd December 10am – 5pm

Sunday 4th December 10am – 5pm

Monday 5th December 12noon – 6pm

Dreamboats and Petticoats Ball

Saturday 22nd October, Lancaster Golf Club, Lancaster

We are hosting a 1950's themed "Dreamboats & Petticoats" Ball at Lancaster Golf Club. Tickets are £45 and can be bought individually or in tables of ten. There will be a live band, three course meal, auction, raffle and much more. The Ball is definitely not an event to miss out on! To buy tickets or for more information, please email Laura Slater or call 01524 592376.

Quernmore Park Charity Clay Shoot

Saturday 20th August, Quernmore Park, Lancaster

This year, Quernmore Park Clay Shoot are holding their annual charity shoot in aid of Defying Dementia and the Leonard Cheshire Home at Holdhird.  This is a whole day event with lunch and an evening BBQ and knees up.  If you are able to bring 3 other people to make up a team then great - it not, don't worry, they will put you in a suitable team.  If you don't shoot, please come along to watch/support or just come to the BBQ in the evening. For more information and to book a place please see the Quernmore Park Charity Clay Shoot Information leaflet‌. The closing date for replies and payments is 31st July 2016.  

Roeburndale Bluebell Walk

Saturday 14th May, Wray

The Roeburndale Bluebell Walk was held on Saturday 14th May.  We had spectacularly beautiful weather and the walk finished at the Wray Village Institute with a hog roast, lots and lots of puddings puddings and live entertainment.

Click here to see photos from the walk

Defying Dementia at Light Up Lancaster

November 2015, Lancaster

The NuBlue team organised a bike-a-thon to Light Up Lancaster and raise money for Defying Dementia.

Photos from the event

A Walk to Defy Dementia

October 2015, Lancaster University

The Defying Dementia team organised a fun sponsored walk around campus. The pit-stops provided entertainment along the way and was suitable for walkers of all ages. There were also some local performers such as Bexi Owen, Specs Appeal and LUDanS to add to this delightful day.

Our photos from the day

Public Lecture - Defying Dementia: from the laboratory to the clinic

October 2015, The Dukes, Lancaster

Professor David Allsop and Dr Penny Foulds presented an interesting talk on our drug and how it will affect those with Alzheimer's disease.

Our photos

Defying Dementia at Lancaster Library

April 2015, Lancaster Library

BBC Radio Lancashire presenter, John 'Gilly' Gillmore was welcomed as the Defying Dementia patron on a action-packed day where comedian Steve Royle presented and T-Bone sang.

Our photos

Campus in the City

March 2015, Lancaster City Centre

The Defying Dementia team held a stall in Lancaster University's Campus in the City shop in the city centre. Dr Foulds presented several talks throughout the day on Alzheimer's disease and there was plenty of chance to speak to the team on a one-to-one basis.

Campus in the City photos

Grand Day Out

February 2015, John O'Gaunt Pub, Lancaster

Magician Kevin Cunliffe hosted a variety day in local pub John O'Gaunt to raise funds and awareness of neurodegenerative research at Lancaster University. Kevin even took part in cutting his hair off!

Our photos

Grand Night Out

January 2015, Lancaster Grand Theatre

Steven Hall (Britain's Got Talent), Amy-Jo Clough (local singer) and Pam Ford (comedienne) were just some of the acts that performed for our variety night and official launch of the Defying Dementia campaign.

All our photos from this superb night!