Nominate someone who helps sufferers of Alzheimer’s disease

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Nominations are being sought ahead of a special awards ceremony to recognise people who make an outstanding difference to those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.

The Forget-me-not Awards are being hosted by the Chairman of Central Bedfordshire Council Cllr Caroline Maudlin.

If you know of anyone whose efforts are helping someone with Alzheimer’s or their families, then this is the perfect way to honour and thank them.

Award nominations have been grouped into four categories and a winner will be chosen from each one. They are:

Professional Carer – individual carers or care teams working with people with dementia

Volunteer Fundraiser – those who raise much-needed funds to support services for people with dementia

Dementia Campaigner – people who work hard to raise awareness of dementia in the community, who work to increase participation in medical research, volunteer activity as well as understanding of the disease and its consequences

Carer in the Community – those caring informally for a relative or friend with the disease

Cllr Maudlin said she is proud to devote this year’s civic ceremony to people who devote their time to making such a difference to the lives of those living with Alzheimer’s.

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.”

If you would like to nominate someone for the Forget-me-not Awards, you can fill out an online application form at www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/chairman or you can pick up a form at your local library and post it to The Chairman’s PA, Central Bedfordshire Council, Priory House, Monks Walk, Chicksands, Shefford, Bedfordshire SG17 5TQ.

Entries close on Monday, 13 October 2014, and shortlisted nominees will be notified by email or telephone ahead of the awards ceremony on Tuesday, 4 November 2014.

This will take place at the council’s Priory House headquarters, with the winners of each category receiving a certificate from the chairman and a small gift.