A Morpeth resident is among those raising awareness of a new Alzheimer’s Research UK Christmas period animation about dementia.
Santa Forgot is an attention-grabbing film that imagines a world where the magic of the festive period has been lost because Father Christmas is living with the effects of dementia and no longer visits children across the world on Christmas Eve.
The central character is a young girl called Freya, who has grown up in a world where Santa has stopped visiting on Christmas Eve.
On learning about Santa’s condition, she travels to the North Pole. She offers her own support and re-mobilises the redundant elves as researchers, explaining her belief that ‘if Santa has a disease, research can find a way to fix it’.
Sarah Hunter, a supporter of the charity, lives in Morpeth with her five-year-old daughter Sasha. Sarah’s stepfather, 67-year-old Len Millership, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2012.
She said: “This poignant animation shows the huge impact that dementia can have – things have changed completely for my family since my stepdad was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.
“I hope that the public gets behind this campaign and helps scientists find the treatments so desperately needed to stop this devastating condition in its tracks.”
More than 850,000 people in the UK have dementia and the condition has an economic impact in the UK of over £24billion a year.
To view the animation, visit https://youtu.be/59pahEPbgfw