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Optical Express raises £100,000 at charity dinner

The multiple is working with the University of Edinburgh on dementia research

Nicola Sturgeon Lady Helen and Sir Jackie Stewart
Optical Express hosted a gala dinner in aid of Race Against Dementia and raised £100,000, which will fund research into diagnosis and treatment of dementia.

The event was attended by Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and former Formula 1 driver Sir Jackie Stewart, who founded the charity after his wife Lady Helen was diagnosed with dementia.

Speaking about the importance of research, Mr Stewart said: “As a Formula 1 driver, if I hadn’t had the best mechanics, I wouldn’t have been able to win world championships. Breakthroughs in the sport have resulted in huge leaps forward in performance and safety, and we need to bring the same creativity to dementia research. Dementia is the biggest killer of any disease in the UK, but with new research and ingenuity we will find faster ways to detect, prevent, manage and ultimately cure this terrible condition.”

Ms Sturgeon added that the Scottish Government is committed to working with the charity on dementia research.

“I know how determined Sir Jackie is, not just to support Lady Helen, but also to help advance the crucial dementia research agenda. I want to thank the Stewart family for everything they are doing through Race Against Dementia and assure them that the Scottish Government is committed to exploring how we can work together on dementia research,” she said.

CEO and founder of Optical Express, David Mousdale, highlighted that the multiple is working with the University of Edinburgh on dementia research.

“At Optical Express we’re also in talks with the brilliant dementia research team at the University of Edinburgh about a collaboration regarding a predictive index for dementia using clinical data. This could lead to real breakthroughs in our understanding of the disease,” he shared.

Pictured is Nicola Sturgeon, Lady Helen and Sir Jackie Stewart