Iceland’s managing director Richard Walker has been announced as the latest Ambassador for Alzheimer’s Research UK.
After over a decade of support to the charity, Walker said he was “honoured” to accept the role as Ambassador, after witnessing first-hand the impact of dementia on his family.
Walker’s mother, Lady Walker, was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s in 2011 and passed away 10 years later.
Since her diagnosis, the frozen-food retailers MD and his father, Sir Malcolm Walker, have publicly campaigned for more support into groundbreaking research.
As an Ambassador, Walker will continue to help raise funds and awareness for dementia.
“It’s an honour to accept the position of Alzheimer’s Research UK Ambassador. My Mum, Lady Walker, helped to set up Iceland Foods over 50 years ago with my father and she would be incredibly proud to see all the good the business does, and so it is a privilege to do this in memory of her,” Walker said.
“So many people I meet have witnessed the devastation of dementia so we must support life-changing research if we want to stop this disease affecting others. I want to give hope to those families today, and to future generations to come.”
Last year, Iceland Foods Charitable Foundation celebrated raising £5 million for Alzheimer’s Research UK, since launching their partnership in 2012.
These funds were available via wide range of activities including in-store Charity Weeks and the doubling of the first £500,000 of donations to 70-year-old Frank Rothwell’s Atlantic Challenge.