Dementia Friendly Awards 2017

1. Dementia Friendly Awards 2017 - England and Wales winners

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Video of the 2017 Awards

Watch our video of the Dementia Friendly Awards 2017. See footage from the day, hear from some of our amazing winners and get inspired to nominate for our 2018 awards.

About the 2017 Awards

Winners of this year's Dementia Friendly Awards 2017 for England and Wales were announced at the awards ceremony which took place on Wednesday 29 November at etc.venues County Hall, London. The awards were hosted by Angela Rippon, and presenters included Jeremy Hunt and actors Lesley Sharp and Richard McCourt.

The number of nominations we received for this year's Dementia Friendly Awards was truly phenomenal. Nominations were judged by a panel of people affected by dementia and industry experts who worked hard to whittle them down to our finalist's inspirational and exceptional stories. Thank you to all our judges and presenters.

Photos from the day can be viewed online.

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Award winners

Dementia Friendly Community of the Year

Burley in Wharfedale Dementia Action Group - WINNER
Dementia Friendly Hartlepool
Kidderminster Dementia Action Alliance

Dementia Partnership of the Year 

Aylesbury and Chiltern CCG - My Life My Memories project - WINNER
Memory Matters South West CIC (Moments Cafe and Dementia Information Hub)
BBC Reminiscence Archive 

Young Persons Contribution of the Year

Kian Borg-Jackson - WINNER
Beech Hill School
Emma Louise Woods

National Journalist of the Year 

Tom Whipple and Oliver Moody, The Times
Jeremy Wilson, The Telegraph - WINNER
Nick Triggle and Alison Holt, BBC News 

Regional Journalist of the Year 

Pauline Holt, The Hexham Courant weekly newspaper
Jamie Coulson, Health Correspondent, BBC Look North - WINNER
Geraldine Scott, Eastern Daily Press

Dementia Friends Champion of the Year

Kerry Chambers - WINNER
Denise Wilton
Joe Sherville

Dementia Friendly Organisation of the Year - Small and Medium

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra - WINNER
Oasis Academy, Isle of Sheppey, Kent
Bracknell Film Society, BFS

Dementia Friendly Organisation of the Year - Large

British Gas - WINNER
Bedfordshire Police
Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Fundraiser of the Year - Individual

Gatwick airport logo

Clare Hatcher
The McDermotts - Songaminute Man - WINNER
Keith Jeavons

Sponsored by Gatwick Airport.

Fundraiser of the Year - Group

Barrow in Furness Volunteer Fundraising Group Gatwick airport logo
The Brailey Family/60-600 Challenge - WINNER

Sponsored by Gatwick Airport.

Inspiring Individual 2017

Joe Ballard, Home Meadow Care Home, Healthcare Homes Group
Wendy Mitchell, Alzheimer's Society Ambassador - WINNER
Chris Roberts, Alzheimer's Society Ambassador

Dementia Innovation of the Year

Virtual Reminiscence Therapy
Open Doors Service - Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
BBC Reminiscence Archive - WINNERSponsor logo

Sponsored by National Grid

Uniting Against Dementia - Outstanding Contribution 2017 British Gas logo

This award was presented to an individual, team or organisation in recognition of their outstanding contribution to improving the lives of those affected by dementia.

The judging panel, which was made up of people affected by dementia from the 3 Nations Working Group and our headline sponsor British Gas chose three finalists for this prestigious award, they were:

David Richardson
Valerie Brown, Shrewsbury Fundraising Group - WINNER
Beech Hill School