Recognition for doing good dementia work

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SHE has been recognised for her work in increasing the awareness of dementia.

Mandy Rowlands, of Fareham, was highly commended for her efforts at the Alzheimer’s Society first-ever awards to recognise and celebrate individuals and organisations work to improve the lives of people with dementia.

She was commended in the Dementia Friends Champion category.

Mandy said: ‘Being recognised as a finalist and then to be invited to the awards ceremony felt really special and I felt really proud to be there.

‘The event itself was inspiring – so many people involved in so many wonderful projects – really making a difference.

‘I was amazed to receive a highly commended certificate.’

The awards were established to mark the second anniversary of the Prime Minister’s national challenge on dementia. A key part of this challenge was to deliver dementia-friendly communities that would enable people with dementia to enjoy a better quality of life.

Over the past year, Mandy has run information sessions for people of all ages from a group in their 80s to school children and Brownie packs.