One-woman dementia campaigner Beth Britton has won a major media gong in recognition of her tireless work.
Former carer Beth was crowned ‘Best Independent Voice on Older People’s Issues’ at the Older People in the Media Awards 2013.
Her popular blog, D4Dementia, has become a must read for people affected by and working in the field of dementia, highlighting ways in which life can be improved for individuals living with the condition.
Beth’s work – which began with the D4Dementia blog in May 2012, now encompasses a wide variety of writing, blogging, campaigning and consultancy assignments and is underpinned by her personal experiences caring for her own father for 19 years until he passed away in 2012.
Beth dedicated her award to her father and said:
“I am absolutely delighted to receive this award. It’s just 18 months since I began D4Dementia to share our experiences of my father’s dementia and support other families, raise awareness, inform and educate professionals and the wider population, and create improvements in care and support.
“Throughout all of my work I champion the amazing contribution older people make to our society, and this award is a fantastic recognition of that work.
“My only sadness is that my father isn’t here to see me win this award, but I hope he would be very proud of the legacy his life is creating. I look forward to building on this accolade to ensure that we always keep the voices of older people at the very top of the UK agenda.”
Beth was recently invited to 10 Downing Street to feed in to the Government’s strategy for the upcoming G8 summit on dementia.
Also shortlisted for the award were Dr Ros Altmann, Richard Humphries, Professor David Oliver, former care services minister Paul Burstow MP and Pippa Kelly.
Beth received her award from actor Larry Lamb and Janet Morrision, Chief Executive of Independent Age and Chair of Judges.
The awards, held on November 19, are organised by older people’s charity Independent Age, and sponsored by care provider Barchester Healthcare, and aim to shine a light on coverage which has either positively portrayed older people or sensitively highlighted the issues they face.