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Alzheimer's Society hails 'outstanding supporter' Gerry Anderson

The chief executive of Alzheimer's Society has said that Gerry Anderson was an "outstanding supporter" of the charity.

Jeremy Hughes said:

Gerry Anderson has been an outstanding supporter of Alzheimer's Society and campaigner on behalf of people with dementia.

He was determined, despite his own recent diagnosis, to spend the last year of his life speaking out for others living with dementia to ensure their voices were heard and their lives improved.

With the support of his family, Gerry tirelessly attended events around the country to raise awareness of the condition and to raise funds for a cure.

– Jeremy Hughes, chief executive, Alzheimer's Society

'A brilliant man' - Twitter reacts to the death of Gerry Anderson

Twitter users have been sharing their thoughts after the death of Thunderbirds creator Gerry Anderson.


Gerry Anderson was visionary behind classic puppet shows

Gerry Anderson, with three of his famed Thunderbird puppets, Alan, Scott and Virgil. Credit: Haydn West/PA Archive
His celebrated TV show, which first screened in 1965, also introduced Lady Penelope and her driver, Parker. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Archive
Gerry Anderson soon had another hit with Captain Scarlet, which aired in 1967. Credit: Geoff Caddick/PA Archive

Gerry Anderson died peacefully in his sleep at midday

Gerry Anderson, pictured with his son, was a strong supporter of the Alzheimer's Society. Credit: David Parry/PA Wire

Gerry Anderson's son, Jamie Anderson, said he was "very sad" to announce the death of his father.

He confirmed he died peacefully in his sleep at midday today, after suffering mixed dementia in recent years.

A donation page dedicated to his memory and support of the Alzheimer's Society has been set up.

Gerry Anderson was an 'unassuming but determined man'

Gerry Anderson, creator of Thunderbirds and Captain Scarlet, has died at the age of 83.

The chairman of his fanclub, Nick Williams, said:

To those who met him Gerry was a quiet, unassuming but determined man.

His desire to make the best films he could drove him and his talented teams to innovate, take risks, and do everything necessary to produce quite inspirational works.

Gerry’s legacy is that he inspired so many people and continues to bring so much joy to so many millions of people around the world.

– Nick Williams, chairman of Fanderson


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