Andercon is proud to work closely with The Alzheimer’s Society and International Rescue Corps.

The Alzheimer’s Society is a charity very dear to the Anderson Family. In 2010, Gerry was diagnosed with dementia and spent the last years of his life fighting to raise awareness of the condition. Both he and Jamie became active supporters of the Alzheimer’s society, taking part in the society’s flagship fundraiser, the Memory Walk.

Dementia is progressive, which means the symptoms will gradually get worse. How fast dementia progresses will depend on the individual person and what type of dementia they have. Each person is unique and will experience dementia in their own way.

Dementia mainly affects people over the age of 65 and the likelihood increases with age. However, it can also affect younger people. Whilst there are over 17,000 people in the UK under the age of 65 who have dementia. It affects around 800,000 people in total.

The Alzheimer’s Society offers help and support to those people suffering from dementia, their families and their carers. They also are at the forefront of research into both prevention and cure of the disease.

Gerry sadly passed away on 26th December 2012. Jamie continues to promote and raise money for the charity. You can learn more about The Alzheimer’s Society through their website – http://www.alzheimers.org.uk

Mention International Rescue and most people will instantly think of the Tracy Brothers and International Rescue in the classic Thunderbirds series. However, what you might not know is that the International Rescue Corps is a real organisation, a specialist Urban Search and Rescue team who respond to both natural and manmade disasters around the world using specialist skills and equipment.

Their aim is to mobilise a self contained rescue team when disaster strikes, working closely with the United Nations.

IRC was formed in 1981, and are funded entirely by donations made by public and corporate sponsorship. Gerry Anderson was Honorary President of the IRC from 1981, and following his death in 2012, Gerry’s son Jamie became Honorary President.

This year is the 50th anniversary of Thunderbirds’ first broadcast and with the new Thunderbirds Are Go series hitting our screens, it’s fitting that we are once again collecting money for IRC at Andercon.

For more information, please visit their website at http://www.intrescue.info

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