A WOMAN who has helped create more than 400 Dementia Friends has been shortlisted for an award.
Kerry Chambers has been supporting people to be friends and volunteer in their community to help people with the condition.
The work that I do for Dementia Friends is because I have a passion for the causeKerry Chambers
Her hard work has seen her nominated as one of three finalists in the Dementia Friends Champion of the Year category at the Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friendly Awards 2017.
Kerry, who lives in Portchester, said: ‘My late grandmother was living with dementia and if I knew then what I know now then it would have made things clearer and easier for me to understand.
‘The work that I do for Dementia Friends is because I have a passion for the cause and am keen for as many people as possible to have a greater understanding of this disease.
‘Although I don’t do it for the awards, I’d feel immensely proud of what I have achieved if I did win.’
Kerry is an active member of the southern regional and national Dementia Friends champions forums.
Her work has seen her create more than 400 Dementia Friends, which includes 133 staff at HMP Isle of Wight
She is also a member of the Fareham & Gosport Dementia Action Group, helping to contribute to her community.
Kerry has been instrumental in developing a web-based information session for her employer Zurich Insurance, which is now used as part of the insurers’ nationwide Dementia Friends initiative for their employees.
Alzheimer’s Society operations manager for Hampshire, Isle of Wight and the Channel Islands Nick O’Donohue praised Kerry and her work.
He said: ‘I’m delighted Kerry has been selected and this is evidence of the brilliant dementia friendly work going on in Portsmouth and surrounding areas.
‘The number of nominations we received this year was truly phenomenal.
‘Our judging panel have worked hard to whittle it down to our finalist’s inspirational and exceptional stories.’
The Dementia Friends Champion of the Year award recognises the action taken by people like Kerry to raise awareness, challenge misconceptions of the condition and inspire change.
The Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Friendly awards 2017 have been sponsored by British Gas.
Winners will be announced at the ceremony conducted by charity ambassador Angela Rippon on November 29 in London.