Dementia Carer Voices was named Charity of the Year by the Hospital Caterers Association at their Annual Conference which took place in Glasgow this year. The project, managed by the ALLIANCE, was awarded the honour at the Gala Dinner, where the team was presented with a very generous cheque for £4,100 raised by the Hospital Caterers Association.
Earlier in the day, Project Engagement Lead Tommy Whitelaw spoke to delegates about his experiences in caring for his late mum, Joan, along with the experiences of carers who have shared their story with the project in order to raise awareness of the issues people face in caring for a loved one living with dementia. He received a standing ovation for speaking so movingly about he and his mum’s loving relationship, whilst deepening people’s understanding of dementia and of caring.
Later in the evening, ALLIANCE Director Irene Oldfather addressed the audience at the Gala Dinner and introduced a new short film on the project which is now live on their YouTube channel. She spoke of empowering individuals to make a positive change to improve the lives of people living with dementia and their carers, sharing the key messages from the You Can Make a Difference campaign and encouraging delegates to get involved.
The evening was a great success and the team would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the Hospital Caterers Association for their generosity and hospitality on the evening, and for making Dementia Carer Voices their charity of the year. The team will continue to work to raise awareness and champion rights and the carer voice.