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Alzheimer's Society supporter Sir Terry Pratchett recognised as a Champion of Alzheimer's disease

Published 18 July 2011

Terry Pratchett and Neil Hunt and Graham Browne

Award-winning author and Alzheimer's Society supporter, Sir Terry Pratchett, has been named Health Champion of the Year by the UK's leading health experts and journalists.

The award, presented at the Medical Journalists' Association (MJA) Summer Awards, acknowledges Sir Terry's tireless campaigning and awareness-raising of dementia-related issues.

Sir Terry, who has a rare form of dementia called Posterior Cortical Atrophy (PCA), said of his award:

'I am, of course, very pleased to have won this award but must point out that all I had to do, some years ago, was find out that I had this wretched disease. It took no courage to freely talk about it in public, indeed, it would have taken more courage to do nothing.'

In addition to Sir Terry's award, Alzheimer's Society's national media team beat off strong competition to be presented with the 'Health Charity of the Year' award.

Alzheimer's Society's Chief Executive, Jeremy Hughes, said:

'These two awards are a testament to the hard work of everyone involved. They demonstrate just how far we have come in terms of public awareness of dementia. There are 750,000 people with dementia in the UK, and it is a condition that is likely to affect all of us in some way. We now need to ensure the spotlight is kept on dementia-related issues.'