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Angela Rippon praised for dementia care in New Year’s Honours

Author: Leanna Aitken | Posted: 5th January 2017 | Category: General News


TV presenter Angela Rippon joins adult social care heroes on the New Year’s Honours list for her services to dementia care.

Angela Rippon in the BBC documentary ‘The Truth About Dementia’ Credit: BBC She has received the title Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for her work co-chairing The Prime Minister’s Champion Group on Dementia Friendly Communities which aims to raise the quality of life for people with dementia. In her role, she works alongside Alzheimer’s Society chief executive Jeremy Hughes.

28 million people in England, Wales and Northern Ireland live in over 200 dementia friendly communities, which include dementia friendly football clubs for football fans with dementia. Angela Rippon has been an Alzheimer’s Society ambassador since 2009 and was inspired to help people with the condition by her experience of caring for her mother Edna, who was diagnosed with dementia in 2004 and died in 2009.

On receiving the New Year Honour, Mrs Rippon said her recognition was “confirmation that all the hard work that’s been done by thousands of Alzheimer’s Society volunteers all over the country is really making a difference to the lives of those individuals and families who are living with dementia.”

’Humbled’ by honour

Mrs Rippon, who was given the title Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2004 Queen’s Birthday Honours, said:

“No one who volunteers for any charity ever does so in the expectation that they will receive any kind of honour or recognition. We do it to put something back into our communities, and hopefully to make a difference.

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