Gerry Anderson was diagnosed with mixed dementia (Alzheimer’s Disease and vascular dementia) in 2010, although with hindsight his family believe the condition had probably started in around 2002. He was a staunch supporter of the Alzheimer’s Society – a charity set up to support those suffering from dementia and their families, as well as to find research into the disease – to eventually find a cure.
On hearing of Gerry’s death Jeremy Hughes, Chief Executive of the Alzheimer’s Society said:
“Gerry Anderson has been an outstanding supporter of Alzheimer’s Society and campaigner on behalf of people with dementia.
He was determined, despite his own diagnosis in 2010, to spend the last year of his life speaking out for others living with dementia to ensure their voices were heard and their lives improved.
With the support of his family, Gerry tirelessly attended events around the country to raise awareness of the condition and to raise funds for a cure.
The last time I saw Gerry was at the start of our annual Memory Walk in September 2012 where he was our guest of honour and star starter alongside Carey Mulligan. Gerry, accompanied and supported by his son Jamie, stayed to speak to the crowds, wave off the walkers and shake hands with the many friends and fans who had come to meet him.
Gerry Anderson will be missed not only by the worldwide fans of his TV shows, but by all of us at the Alzheimer’s Society who he has inspired to continue in our work to ultimately defeat dementia.”
In line with Gerry’s wishes, a The Gerry Anderson Tribute Fund has been set up at the Alzheimer’s Society in his memory. Donations can be made via the “Remembering Gerry Anderson” Just Giving page.
Gerry thanking those who supported the Alzheimer’s Society’s 2012 Memory Walk fundraising events.