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Pratchett donates $1m to Alzheimer's Research Trust

Author Terry Pratchett has today pledged $1m to leading UK charity, Alzheimer's Research Trust, in a bid to find a cure for the disease.

Terry Pratchett was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in December last year.

Speaking at the charity's ninth Annual Network Conference in Bristol, he said: "Part of me lives in a world of new age remedies and science, and some of the science is a little like voodoo, but science was never an exact science, and personally I'd eat the arse out of a dead mole if it offered a fighting chance."

Mr Pratchett's donation was given in recognition of the urgent need to provide funding for research into the disease, which affects 700,000 people in the UK.

Rebecca Wood, chief executive of the Alzheimer's Research Trust, said: "While we were deeply saddened to learn of Mr Pratchett's diagnosis, we are delighted that he has chosen to speak out about his experiences with Alzheimer's disease, to raise awareness about its impact and the desperate need for more research.

"The reality is that we are scraping for every penny and have to turn down two out of three research projects."

Alzheimer's Research Trust