We are very proud of the project being nominated for this award. It demonstrates the impact of our You Can Make A Difference campaign, and that no matter what your role is you can help the change the life of someone with dementia, their family, and carer. The work of Tommy has been tireless, engaging with 52,000 people over the course of 480 talks.
ALLIANCE Director Irene Oldfather said
“The Kate Granger #hellomynameis campaign has touched hearts and minds, and changed clinical practice across the UK. To know that our Dementia Carer Voices engagement lead Tommy Whitelaw has been shortlisted for such a prestigious and compassionate award is in some ways not surprising given Tommy’s poignant story of caring for his mum Joan and his outreach across the UK. But I think we all feel moved to know that Tommy was selected by Kate herself in her last days. It is fitting given Tommy’s story, which is about love, care and compassion. The ALLIANCE is proud that work which tells the story of people themselves has been recognised in this way. Congratulations to Tommy and all the finalists.”
Speaking about the event, Tommy said
I am now home from a very emotional day at the Kate Granger awards . I was so very honoured to be a shortlisted as a finalist.
I would like to extend my congratulations to all the Nominees and Winners.
Thank you for such a brilliant day and for the warmth, kindness, and inspiration from all I met on the day.