Ex-mayor: Become a brain donor

Coun Sandra Perkins
Coun Sandra Perkins
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A former town mayor has appealed for people to consider donating their brain for medical research after their death.

Garstang’s county councillor and former mayor Coun Sandra Perkins revealed that just before Christmas she signed up as a brain donor in a bid to help further research into dementia.

She hopes that by sharing her story she will encourage others to follow her example.

Coun Perkins has been a high profile campaigner for dementia awareness locally, following the death of her husband Alan from the disease.

Last year she set up a monthly Memory Café in the town’s library for sufferers and their carers and has hopes that Garstang can become a dementia-friendly town.

Now she says everyone can help with a legacy of hope by becoming a donor. She said: “I’ve made my commitment and I’ve had the assessment.”

She revealed she had donated her husband’s brain and spinal cord for research, and said: “It might have been the one gift that breaks the barrier.”

Brain donations are not included in standard organ donation schemes and brains of both dementia and non-dementia sufferers are needed to further research.

The Brains For Dementia Research Coordinating Centre is based at King’s College, London. See www.brainsfordementia
research.org.uk or contact lcft.researchnurses@lancashirecare.nhs.uk