A FORMER Pools star has demanded action to help people with dementia after new figures revealed that more people than ever in Hartlepool are living with the disease.
Joe Allon, whose late mother Elizabeth had dementia, called for the Government to raise its game in the fight against the illness as it emerged there are currently more than 1,200 people living with dementia in the town.
The disease has also 6,818 people across County Durham according to new figures released by the Alzheimer’s Society today.
Joe, 47, an ex-striker for Hartlepool United Football Club, said: “I know from personal experience what a devastating, heart-breaking disease dementia can be because of the way it hit our family.
“I would not wish dementia on my own worst enemy because it so vile. Slowly but surely, dementia completely strips those who develop the disease of their personality and also hits the wider family really hard. It is a terrible disease and these new figures show that it is getting steadily worse which is why I strongly feel that the Government has to step up its efforts to battle to find a cure.”
In Sunderland, 3,444 people have dementia, while 2,277 suffer in Stockton, and 1,566 in Middlesbrough.