Thousands raised for Bath dementia charity in memory of Sir Terry Pratchett

Nearly £40,000 has been donated to a local charity in memory of University of Bath honorary Graduate Sir Terry Pratchett.

The Research Institute for the Care of Older People (RICE), a registered charity which was established in collaboration with the University and the Bath Health Authority in 1984, has received a huge pledge of funds to its Just Giving website since the death of Sir Terry last Thursday.

Sir Terry and his family together with his friends and fans have all been great supporters of The RICE Centre, which carries out research into assessment, diagnosis and treatment of dementia; to better understand and manage problems that affect the brain, memory and thinking processes.

Sir Terry, who himself was affected by dementia, began attending the Rice Centre in 2008.

He was cared for by Bath Honorary Professor Roy Jones, the Director of RICE.

And Professor Jones said it was a privilege to look after the world-famous author.

He commented: “He was a unique character who dealt with his dementia in his own unique way. That made him a great spokesman for the thousands of people in the UK and the millions elsewhere with dementia.

“He has raised the profile of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia; his courage in doing this has been an enormous help to everyone affected as well as to researchers trying to find a more effective treatment.”

A spokeswoman for RICE added they had never seen an online fundraising page that had collected such an amount before.

She added: “The overwhelming response, donations and comments illustrate how much he was loved and how many people he inspired and amused; he was larger than life and will be very much missed.”

If you would like to contribute to the fundraising in memory of Sir Terry, who received his honorary Doctor of Letters degree from Bath in 2003, please click here.

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