EXCLUSIVE: Manchester United and Scotland great Denis Law becomes a new champion of an Alzheimer’s Society campaign a month on from revealing he was diagnosed with brain disease
- Denis Law announced he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and vascular dementia
- The latest former football to battle with the disease, Law has joined a campaign
- He is now a new champion of Sport United Against Dementia to help out others
- Law has also raised £40,000 for the charity since going public about his illness
Denis Law wants to help transform how sport supports dementia sufferers after becoming a new champion of a campaign by the Alzheimer’s Society.
The Manchester United and Scotland legend last month announced he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and vascular dementia, the latest former footballer to reveal their battle with the disease.
Since going public about his illness, Law has raised £40,000 for the Alzheimer’s Society.
Football legend Denis Law has become a champion of a campaign by the Alzheimer’s Society
Now the 81-year-old has joined their Sport United Against Dementia (SUAD) campaign as an official champion as he looks to improve how sporting bodies and clubs care for those affected.
‘It’s been a challenging time since my dementia diagnosis for me and my family,’ said Law. ‘I’ve been touched by everyone’s well wishes and donations.
‘I hope that as a Sport United Against Dementia champion, I can continue to raise awareness so more people aren’t afraid to come forward, can spot the signs and get the help they need through Alzheimer’s Society’s fantastic support services.
Manchester United legend Law has a combination of Alzheimer’s and vascular dementia
Law (L) looks to improve how sporting bodies and clubs care for those affected by Alzheimer’s
‘I know how important it is that we stay connected to the sports we love. I still get so much joy out of going to Old Trafford. Through this campaign we can bring the sporting world together to break down barriers, keeping this passion for sport alive for thousands of others who are living with dementia.’
SUAD want to raise funds to create more dementia-friendly facilities so sufferers can continue to enjoy watching live sport at stadiums and stay connected to their clubs.
Tuesday is World Alzheimer’s Day and Law is just one famous footballer to have become a SUAD champion, with Sir Geoff Hurst, Harry Redknapp, Jamie Redknapp and Jermaine Jenas also getting on board.
From cricket, Andrew Flintoff, Shane Warne and Alec Stewart have joined, as have Ben Kay and Martin Bayfield from rugby.