Talking to local radio…….

Two more events to go before the end of Mad March………

Yesterday, was the penultimate and I was at my local radio station being interviewed about local research opportunities.

Cathryn Hart, Assistant Director Research & Development at Humber NHS Foundation Trust, had asked if I would do a double act with her, promoting the research in our area. I’m their Patient research ambassador so was happy to go along.

We were there to showcase the regions conference on May 17th – “Developing a City of Research 2017”. A play on words as Hull is the City of Culture and the venue will be Hull.

Cathryn picked me up from the village and drove us the short journey into Beverley. Sooooo nice to have a 10 minute journey for a change!

We being interviewed live so we arrived in plenty of time and parked up and decided what we needed to say and what would be a bonus. They’d said we would have 3-7 minutes, which, if it had been 3 we needed to make sure we got all the important bits said – a bit like politicians saying what they want regardless of the question……😊

Anyway we needn’t have worried. We went in to be met by a very nice man who asked if we wanted a cuppa……….👍so I knew things were going to go well. Cathryn doesn’t drink tea 😱 but I don’t hold that against her….🙃

As the time approached we were taken upstairs to the studio and met  Les Smith, who was in the middle of his programme. We went through what he wanted to talk about and thankfully the list matched ours. I had everything I might say written on my iPad.

Cathryn waiting for the start of the chat…….

Cathryn spoke about the valuable research being done in our area. They research many different conditions, dementia, stroke, mental health, to name just 3, and then it was my turn to talk about allaying the fears that often surround research and why I get involved so much.How when services are in such short supply, research can actually plug a gap.
Cathryn ended by talking about the line up for the conference and how anyone local was welcome to attend but places are very limited as its been very popular since details were released.
We reckon the 3-7 minutes turned into at least 10 minutes so we left happy chappie as we’d said everything and more.

A nice local plug for work being done in my area for a change.

And a lovely venue so couldn’t resist an outdoor piccie….

About wendy7713

On the 31st July 2014 I was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s. I may not have much of a short term memory anymore but that date is one I’ll never forget. I’m 58 years young, live happily alone in Yorkshire, have 2 daughters and I’m currently still in full time employment in the NHS. However, I’m now in the process of taking early retirement to give me a chance of enjoying life while I’m still me. I've started this blog to allow me, in the first instance, to write all my thoughts before they’re lost. If anyone chooses to follow my ramblings it will serve as a way of raising awareness on the lack of research into Alzheimer's. It will hopefully convey the helplessness of those diagnosed with dementia, as there is no cure – the end is inevitable. However, I’m also hoping I can convey that, although we've been diagnosed, people like me still have a substantial contribution to make; we still have a sense of humour; we sill have feelings. I’m hoping to show the reality of trying to cope on a day to day basis with the ever-changing environment that dementia throws at those diagnosed with the condition. What I want is not sympathy. What I want is simply to raise awareness.

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