I received a phone call last week from Radio York to respond to Katy Hopkins comments in the press about those with dementia. I’m not even going to give her space on my blog to repeat what she said but needless to say it was the routine ignorant statement looking for a reaction.
I’d had a text from the lovely Emily Abbott saying she’s given them my number but unfortunately I was away for a couple of days so didn’t have my phone in the usual place. So by the time I looked at my phone, as well as missing Emily’s text I also had a missed call from Radio York. Damian Murphy stepped in to help and spoke for all of us. However, they rang back again later to say there’s been such a reaction that they were running the story again and would I speak.
Sadly I was in the car so didn’t have a pen and paper to write notes but think I got over my opinion that she shouldn’t be given air space and was simply ignorant.
I then went on to acknowledge the support given to us by various charities but totally forgot to mention the wonderful support given by Emily and Damian. They run the monthly forum which I attend and organise Singing for Brains, the gardening ventures and all manner of work to support those of us living with dementia. I was gutted when I came off the phone and realised I’d forgotten to mention them so here I am with a grovelling apology to both and HUGE thanks for all they do.
More detail can be found at http://www.herenow.org.uk
Also a BIG thanks to friends Sylvia and David for a great couple of days xx