James and Sarah back dementia benefit

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Some of the biggest names in television, will turn out in support of an event organised by a Magherafelt family to tackle dementia.

Coleraine actor James Nesbitt, Portstewart TV presenter Sarah Travers and Fiona Phillips are among the stars taking part in ‘Forget Me Not’ The Patsy Duffy Memorial Benefit, taking place on March 7, at Titanic Belfast.

The gala ball aims to raise £50,000, the most ever raised on one evening for Alzheimer’s in Northern Ireland, and build awareness about this often misunderstood disease.

James, Fiona and Sarah have each been personally affected by the devastation of dementia, having recently lost a parent, and in the case of Fiona Phillips, both parents, to the disease.

They will join with the Duffy family, who have organised this event in memory of their beloved husband and father, Patsy Duffy, for the special occasion.

James Nesbitt, who will be taking time out of his busy filming schedule in LA to be here for the event, said he was honoured to be part of the Forget Me Not Benefit, an important event to raise money and hope towards finding a cure for Alzheimer’s.

“Their goal of raising £50,000, the most ever raised in Northern Ireland in one night, will go a long way to give scientists the tools to turn dementia into a curable condition.

“With the right backing, we can fight this terrible disease.”

TV presenter Sarah Travers has only recently experienced the devastation of dementia, explains how she is passionate about channeling her loss into positive action.

“Only through research can we know more about these conditions and one day find a way to halt their progression, perhaps even find a cure.

“The Duffy’s are a fantastic family and Patsy would be so proud of his beautiful wife and daughters in what they are doing to raise awareness and much needed funds.”

Donations can be made at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/ForgetMeNotBenefit