Jackie’s wife Helen was just 54 when she was diagnosed in 2014, and the diagnosis came as a complete “shock” to the whole family.
Talking to Coutts, Jackie said: “The sad report was that there was nothing to cure it or to prevent it and that was a big knock back. It’s not a nice thing, seeing the degradation of someone you love, and the realisation that currently there’s no corrective medicine in the world – and worse still, no preventative medicine – was a big awakening for me. So I decided to do something about it.”
Investing £1 million in order to set up the charity Race Against Dementia he aims to not only find a cure but also find a way to prevent the degrading condition.
Dr Emily Hill, a Race Against Dementia fellow, appeared alongside Jackie on Good Morning Britain explaining that she remains “optimistic” that a cure will be found.