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James Nesbitt hosting dementia ball in bid to raise £50k

CLAIRE HARRISON

James Nesbitt is back in Northern Ireland today to host a major charity event which aims to raise £50,000 in just one night for a cause very close to his heart.

The actor will be joining broadcasters Sarah Travers and Fiona Phillips at Titanic Belfast to raise cash for two Alzheimer's charities through tonight's Forget Me Not gala ball.

Each of the three have been personally affected by the devastation of dementia, having recently lost a parent, and in the case of Fiona Phillips, both parents, to the disease.

James (right) will be joining the Duffy family from Magherafelt, who organised Forget Me Not – The Patsy Duffy Memorial Benefit in memory of their father and husband. The gala ball aims to raise £50,000 – the most ever raised in one evening for Alzheimer's in Northern Ireland. Their aim is also to raise awareness about the disease.

Patsy Duffy died in 2012, at the age of just 57, from early-onset dementia. His wife, Janette, and four daughters, organised Forget Me Not to honour his memory and raise money for the Alzheimer's UK and Alzheimer's Society charities. James, who has taken a break from a busy filming schedule in LA to attend tonight's ball, said: "I am honoured to be part of the Forget Me Not benefit, an important event to raise money and hope towards finding a cure for Alzheimer's.

"Their goal of raising £50,000, the most ever raised in Northern Ireland in one night, will go a long way to give scientists the tools to turn dementia into a curable condition. With the right backing, we can fight this terrible disease."

The event is sold out, but to make a donation, log on to http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/ ForgetMeNotBenefit

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