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Sussex volunteers top ‘People Awards’ at Palace

A group of volunteers from Sussex have won a top award for their “fantastic” work to help people with dementia across Sussex.

Alzheimer’s Society’s Horsham and Worthing Information Support Volunteers topped the Trusted Colleagues category in the Alzheimer’s Society People Awards for their dedication for providing information to people affected by dementia in Sussex.

The group of five volunteers operate the Alzheimer’s Society Sussex Helpline, while two more volunteers in Worthing provide support, information and how to get help locally.

Pat Willder, one of the volunteers, said: “I’m proud to be part of such a huge family.”

The Horsham Information Volunteers was presented with their award by Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra, Royal Patron of the Alzheimer’s Society, at a ceremony held in St James’s Palace, London.

Elisa Vaughan, Alzheimer’s Society Operations Manager for Sussex, said: “Our Information Support Volunteers are fantastic at supporting people affected by dementia in Sussex and I couldn’t be happier they have won a People Award.

“I’m humbled to celebrate the amazing work of these volunteers and the selfless and relentless way in which they go about it.”

To find out more about dementia and the support available locally in Sussex, call Alzheimer’s Society Sussex Helpline on 01403 213017. To join the award-winning team as an Information Support Volunteer in Horsham, call Louise Cruickshank on 01403 213015.

Picture: Alzheimer’s Society Information Support Volunteers from Sussex (L-R) Susan McMahon, Mags Fairbrother, Katy Laidlaw, Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra, Pat Willder and Richard Pittman, receive scoop the top prize at Alzheimer’s Society People Awards.

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