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Memory Challenge

Internal News - 23 February 2007

Volunteers needed for memory challenge

The Bath-based Research Institute for the Care of the Elderly (RICE), part of the School for Health, has launched its fourth annual Memory Challenge and is looking for volunteers to take part and support its work.

The Memory Challenge gives people the chance to test their memory skills alongside friends and colleagues whilst supporting RICE’s research into memory problems in older people.

The challenge involves a series of tests and games and the winner from each group of people taking part receives a ‘memory master’ certificate from RICE.

The Memory Challenge runs during RICE’s Memory Week, from 5-11 March 2007, although volunteers can take part at any time.

"Taking part in the Memory Challenge is easy and we hope good fun too," said Tricia Mugridge, RICE's fundraiser.

"We want to encourage local schools and businesses to take part and also adult and children's groups who might do the challenges at their weekly meeting."

Volunteers can obtain a Memory Challenge Pack, which contains challenges, instructions and further information about RICE, for a suggested donation of £2 per person.

For more information and to obtain your challenge pack, see the related links section.

RICE is based at St Martin’s Hospital and provides support to local people and their families who are living with conditions such as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

This takes the form of memory clinics and services providing advice to carers. RICE also carries out research into memory loss and dementia using memory tests involving healthy volunteers.

RICE relies on donations and fundraising through events like the Memory Challenge to continue its work.