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North East entrepreneur donates £2.5 million to Newcastle University

Helen McArdle CBE generously donated £2.5 million towards research on ageing and vitality at Newcastle University.

Helen McArdle, who was born and raised locally, has dedicated her life to the care and support of people. She began her career establishing the McArdle care group and operated fifty care homes over thirty years before 'retiring' and dedicating her time to helping others.

Mrs McArdle is a member of the University's governing Court and was keen to support the research from the University which will change the future of ageing. Her donation will support pioneering research which addresses the priorities of an ageing society.

Last Thursday, the McArdle Festive Lectures opened the Helen McArdle Atrium in the University's new building The Catalyst. The lectures, hosted by broadcasting legend Angela Rippon CBE, were a celebration of Newcastle University's activity in ageing and data.

The evening saw introductions from Vice-Chancellor Chris Day before host, Angela Rippon, introduced the speakers for the evening.

New Director of Ageing at NICA, Professor Nic Palmarini, discussed ageing processes and technologies and the Director of NICA, Professor Steve Caughey, presented on data, explaining why it's an integral part of our world.

A panel discussion at the end of the lectures allowed for insightful questions on ageing concerns.

The inaugural McArdle Festive Lectures will be the first of many lectures in the Helen McArdle Atrium. You can find out more on the event here, or follow #NCLMcArdleLectures.

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published on: 18 December 2019