Charity Alzheimer’s Research UK has announced a record-breaking year for donations, with its total income reaching £38.5m in 2018/19.

Voluntary donations make up 95 per cent of income at the organisation, which is dedicated to finding treatments for dementia.

Hilary Evans, chief executive of Alzheimer’s Research UK, said: “It’s hugely encouraging to see more people joining us in our mission to bring about the first life-changing treatment for dementia. But this growth in support also underlines a heartbreaking truth: that one in two of us know someone affected by dementia, which is now the health crisis of our time.”

Alzheimer’s Research UK officials added that, In 2018/19, its researchers had made more than 200 new discoveries about the diseases that contribute to dementia.

Evans said: “There is much more to do to achieve our mission, but we know that with our fantastic supporters, we will make breakthroughs possible.”

Last week, Alzheimer’s Research UK launched the third chapter of its #ShareTheOrange campaign, fronted by actor Samuel L Jackson who has himself lost family members to dementia.

To view the film, visit www.alzheimersresearchuk.org/orange