Two Alzheimer’s Society Ambassadors have been recognised in the New Year’s honours list. Actress Lynda Bellingham has been awarded an OBE for her charitable work. Trevor Jarvis, who has used his own experiences of dementia to improve the lives of others affected by the condition, is to be given a British Empire Medal (BEM).
Trevor was diagnosed with vascular dementia in 2001 and has since spoken at numerous events across the country to raise awareness about the condition. In July 2013 he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Bradford in recognition of his work for people living with dementia.
The 72 year old has been heavily involved in the Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia and is to be awarded a BEM for his work promoting dementia friendly communities.
Trevor, from Doncaster, said:
‘I am very pleased that somebody thought that I’m worthy of it and has gone to the trouble of putting me forward. I very much appreciate it and am very proud to say I’ve got it. It’s fantastic – it’s better than winning the lottery.’
Jeremy Hughes, Chief Executive of Alzheimer’s Society, said:
‘I am absolutely delighted that Trevor has been honoured for his tireless work in helping raise awareness about dementia and highlighting the importance of making our local communities a better place for people with the condition. Without people like Tervor, Alzheimer’s Society would not have been able to achieve everything it has over the past few years.’
Star of stage and screen, Lynda Bellingham has been an active and committed Alzheimer’s Society ambassador for seven years. Lynda and her family cared for her mother who had dementia.
Jeremy Hughes said:
‘I would like to send huge congratulations to Lynda. For many years she has shown great commitment to raising awareness of dementia. From speaking about her personal experience on TV and radio to helping raise much needed funds at one of our memory walks, she has helped us make a huge difference to the lives of people with dementia and carers.
Alzheimer’s Society supporter and actress Ruth Jones has also been recognised for her work in the entertainment industry.
‘Ruth spoke out for the first time this year about her late mother-in-law who had dementia. Speaking out about your own personal experiences can be incredibly daunting but hearing from people like Ruth helps us improve people’s understanding and highlight that the condition can affect anyone.’