Vicky McClure demands more funding to support dementia research

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The Line Of Duty star helped care for her grandmother Iris, who died with dementia in 2015, and saw the calming impact of music as Iris battled the condition.

So she formed a choir of sufferers in her home town of Nottingham. Their story featured in the BBC show Our Demential Choir.

Speaking in the Radio Times, out today, Vicky, 39, said: “The perception of dementia is that it’s all about forgetful older people. It’s not.

“People are being diagnosed so much younger because of lifestyle or simply because people are more aware – although it’s very hard to diagnose and often people are told they are depressed.

“The fact is that dementia is the UK’s biggest killer. And do you know why? There’s no cure. It’s almost a forgotten disease.

“There’s still so little funding for people with dementia. I wish I could find a cure, but I can’t, so my mission is to create noise for people living with dementia.

“Dementia choirs are not only cost-effective, but they are also scientifically proven to help.

“It could be my family and friends in the choir one day.

“It could be me. It could be you.

“There are 120 different types of dementia and it’s a heart-breaking disease.”

The Daily Express has exposed how research into brain wasting diseases such as Alzheimer’s has been starved of money.

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