Angela Rippon has won the National Dementia Care Ambassador in recognition of her role as an Alzheimer’s Society Ambassador. She was presented with the prize last night (6 November 2013) at the 8th Annual UK Dementia Congress.
Angela actively seeks to raise awareness about the condition and currently co-chairs the Dementia Friendly Communities Champions Group alongside Alzheimer’s Society Chief Executive, Jeremy Hughes. The programme is designed to improve the lives of people with dementia through the changes everyone in the community makes – from bus drivers, bin men and shop owners to restaurants and big corporate companies.
The judges chose Angela for this award because they were:
‘Absolutely overwhelmed with the commitment, enthusiasm, motivation and knowledge she brings to her role as Ambassador for Alzheimer’s Society.’
On receiving the award at the event in Nottingham, Angela, said:
‘I’m delighted to accept this award and it’s a great honour to be recognised in this way. Working alongside Alzheimer’s Society, I feel part of a strong team that strive to fight on behalf of all those affected by dementia and personally, I’m motivated by my experience of caring for my mother who had the disease. I’m always learning from the great work we do and it’s a pleasure to help improve the lives of those living with dementia and their carers.’
Jeremy Hughes, Chief Executive of Alzheimer’s Society, said:
‘I’m delighted that Angela has been presented with this award. The tireless dedication and enthusiasm she brings to the role of Alzheimer’s Society Ambassador is second to none and I’m thrilled that this award recognises her efforts.
‘Her work has ensured great progress in helping to improve the lives of people with dementia and it’s delightful to work alongside her as co-chair of the Dementia Friendly Communities Champions Group, among other projects. She is a truly inspiring woman and this award is undoubtedly well deserved.’