Marathon run for Crowborough’s Dementia Care Unit


Matthew Smith is running the Brighton Marathon next year to raise funds for the Dementia Research Unit at Crowborough Hospital.

The Dementia Research Unit, at Grove House, aims to improve the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia by carrying out world-class clinical trials.

Grove House, Crowborough Hospital

Matt, 26, works as a governance officer for Sussex Partnership’s research team facilitating the setup of a range of clinical mental health research studies, including the clinical trials at the Dementia Research Unit. Seeing the important work that the Dementia Research Unit does, in its quest for a cure for dementia and to improve the quality of life for people with dementia and their carers, made Matt think about raising funds to improve the experience of people who come to the Unit to take part in trials. He is running for Heads On, Sussex Partnership’s charity, who will allocate the funds to the Dementia Research Unit.

Hats off to Matt who has minimal running experience, although he did run a half marathon many moons ago in one hour 55 minutes. He is hoping for a time of under four hours and 30 minutes. He has downloaded an online training programme and is currently up to eight miles. His new Labrador puppy will be joining him when he is old enough. Matt said

My new year’s resolution will be; no fast foods and to cut back on the sugar, as well as getting lots more miles in my legs. I’m delighted to support this important cause and making this public means that there’s no backing out now!”

Matt would be very grateful if you could sponsor him – no amount too small.  Please see his Just Giving page.

Heads On is Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust’s charity, delivering projects that go above and beyond what the NHS is able to support, complementing people’s care and treatment to support patients’ recovery. They aim to make people with mental health problems to feel supported, to stay active and to be more involved in their communities, from adult and children services across East and West Sussex to children’s services in Hampshire. Recent projects have included the installation of outdoor gym equipment across inpatient units across West Sussex and an all-weather multi-purpose sports pitch at the forensic inpatient unit at Hellingly. They would not be able to deliver these projects without the help of their generous supporters. Heads On are very grateful for Matt’s support and wish him all the best for his challenge in April. If you would like to complete a challenge for charity, please email Heads On at

For more information about research at Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, and to enquire about current studies, please contact: or 0300 304 0088. For a full list of their studies, please see their website:



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