Four people from Central Bedfordshire have been rewarded for their work supporting people living with Alzheimer’s.
Elizabeth Jane Bowler, Mark Fensome, James Hulance-Taylor and Lorraine Bugler were recognised at the Forget Me Not awards, whose aim is to raise awareness of the growing challenge of dementia within the community.
Lorraine Bulger and her team at Houghton Regis Day Centre won The Professional Carer award for providing high-quality care in a fun, social environment where those attending are treated with the highest level of dignity and respect.
Jane Bowler received the Carer In The Community honour for always putting others first. She accompanied the elderly in her community to the GP and collected medication for them.
James Hulance-Taylor scooped the Volunteer Fundraiser award for his work over the past 18 months raising £21,500 for the Alzheimer’s Society.
Mark Fensome came first in the Dementia Campaigner category for managing to communicate a very large and complex subject in simple terms, according to the judges.
Chairman of Central Beds Council, Councillor Caroline Maudlin, who devoted this year’s civic ceremony to those who make a difference to the lives of people with Alzheimer’s, paid tribute to the winners.
She said: “Alzheimer’s and dementia more generally is having an increasing impact on the lives of our residents. Tragically, there are few families whose lives have not been affected in some way by this devastating condition.
“This makes the work of the people who provide support even more critical and this awards event is our small way of recognising their efforts and saying thank you.
“We would also like to acknowledge the generous support of the sponsors 1Life, Amey, Kehoe, Stevenage Leisure, Allied, Jeakins Weir.”
The event was held at the council’s Priory House offices at Chicksands.
Each winner received an engraved glass award and bouquet of flowers.
More than £6,000 was raised on the evening and all proceeds will go to the Alzheimer’s Society, the chairman’s chosen charity of the year.
For more information about Alzheimer’s Society, visit www.alzheimers.org.uk