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By Debbie le Quesne

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Angela Rippon gets CBE for services to dementia care

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Angela Rippon, who made national headlines last year by going public that she’d made provision in her will incase she fell victim to dementia, has been awarded the CBE for her work with the Alzheimer’s Society.

Angela was inspired to help the 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK by her own experiences caring for her mother Edna, who was diagnosed with dementia in 2004 and died in 2009.

The broadcaster, journalist and presenter is a dedicated supporter of Alzheimer’s Society and became an official Ambassador of the charity in 2009.

The former BBC newsreader co-chairs The Prime Minister’s Champion Group on Dementia Friendly Communities, alongside Alzheimer’s Society Chief Executive Jeremy Hughes.

I met Angela when she came to Wolverhampton to deliver a Dementia Friendly City talk. She has put her whole being into the dementia cause and passionately wants to help make life easier for those diagnosed.

The work of the Champion group has seen almost 220 Dementia Friendly communities established across the nation and Dudley has been in the vanguard of this great initiative.

The recent 2016 Dementia Friendly Awards, which Angela hosted, showcased the outstanding achievements of the work – ranging from the airport industry improving travel for people with dementia to Dementia Friendly football clubs helping football fans with dementia continue to enjoy their favourite past-time.

Angela has also backed Alzheimer’s Society’s Memory Walk campaign and supported the Counting the Cost project, which aimed to improve the quality of care for people with dementia on hospital wards.

There is nothing I can say about the great work she has already done that has not been said by others. But I would like to add my thanks and I do understand her motivation, having cared for both of my parents who suffered the memory-loss condition.

Undoubtedly she has made a difference. As the dementia issues escalate in society, I’m sure it won’t be that long before we all know someone who has been touched by this challenging condition. I’d like to think we can all do just a little to help this great work.

Volunteers, funding, acts of compassion and kindness . . . the creative expressions of caring are limited only by our own imaginations.

Also in the New Year honours was Care Quality Commission chief David Behan, who was awarded the CBE for his transforming work with the regulatory body.

 

 

 

Written by debbielq

January 17, 2017 at 9:15 am