Virgin Media Television’s Donate for Dementia fundraising and awareness week has raised €1 million for The Alzheimer Society of Ireland.
All last week, Virgin Media Television aired special programming around the disease, which affects half a million Irish families, with one in ten of those diagnosed being under the age of 65.
The special week concluded on Sunday night with the highly anticipated broadcast of Finding Jack Charlton which was commissioned by Virgin Media Television and the BBC.
Over half a million people nationwide tuned into the programme which is now also available to view on the Virgin Media Player. 355,800 tuned in for Martin King’s documentary, We Need To Talk About Dementia, with the entire week reaching over a million people.
All funds raised from the week will be used to fund The Alzheimer Society of Ireland’s dementia services that support the 64,000 people living with dementia in Ireland including redeveloping day care centres, providing family carer training and providing information and support across the country.
Paul Farrell, Managing Director, Virgin Media Television said: “We’re humbled but not surprised by the wonderful generosity of our viewers who have donated to this cause. I think it’s fair to say that the much loved Jack Charlton would be very proud of this outcome. His illness, as we saw in the documentary, told a story that very many people and families in Ireland all too sadly will recognise.
“I’m also extremely proud of the energy, passion and creativity that everyone in Virgin Media TV put into making the Donate for Dementia campaign such a resounding success in raising awareness about dementia and raising much needed funds for The Alzheimer Society of Ireland.”
Pat McLoughlin, CEO of The Alzheimer Society of Ireland said: “Everyone at The Alzheimer Society of Ireland is absolutely delighted after the success of the ‘Donate for Dementia’ week with Virgin Media Television culminating in the powerful and thought-provoking Martin King ‘We Need to Talk About Dementia’ documentary and the inspiring ‘Finding Jack Charlton’ documentary.
During this past week we have raised an incredible sum in donations for vital dementia supports and services, raised awareness of dementia and really kick-started a national conversation around dementia. “