Terry Eccott at the Dementia Awards
This year’s winner of the Most Exceptional Contribution by a Person Living with Dementia Award went to Dementia Campaigner, Terry Eccott.
Terry, was presented with his trophy by the host, Labour politician Hazel Blears. The awards ceremony was held at the Hilton Brighton Metropole, where 500 professionals from the care industry world were able to focus on the 16-category award ceremony.
Two independent judges, Sally Knocker of Dementia Care Matters and Barbara Stephens of Dementia Pathfinders, said, ‘Terry is a passionate man on a mission to make a difference to the lives of others. He has reached thousands of people through his media appearances and speaking engagements using his natural talent and genuine warmth.’
Hazel Blears, who was Labour MP for Salford and Eccles and was at one stage the co-chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Dementia, helped establish the Salford University Institute for Dementia that she now chairs. She is also an Alzheimer's Society Ambassador. ‘Terry is a remarkable person whose efforts have made a great difference and it was a pleasure to meet him,’ she said.
The National Dementia Care Awards is an annual event organised by the Journal of Dementia Care, a multidisciplinary journal for all professional staff working with people with dementia, in hospitals, nursing and care homes, day units and the community. The awards were created to recognise the very best people in the dementia care sector, whose exceptional work and contributions make better, person-centred care a reality.
Terry has been a friend of Anna Chaplaincy since it began in 2010, as he comes from the town where it was pioneered, Alton in Hampshire.
Broadcaster Jayne Connery, founder of Care Campaign for the Vulnerable, was at the event supporting Terry and said, ‘I am so proud of Terry. When he contacted Care Campaign asking to support us, it didn't take too long to think about it. His reputation as a strong advocate for better care and understanding of dementia is outstanding and represents everything we work and stand for.
‘A selfless, humble, individual, who has been diagnosed and living with the disease himself, I am honoured to have him as a Care Campaign for the Vulnerable Ambassador. We are absolutely thrilled he won at this special evening, celebrating everything good and positive in dementia care.’
Terry thanked the audience and said, ‘I feel honoured to receive this award for Exceptional Contribution and hopefully I can use this to open more doors to make even more awareness, which in the long term will not only help the people diagnosed but also the many carers, who are often forgotten, who also have to live with the disease as well 24/7. We must not forget that the fight against dementia that will continue for many, many, years to come.’