Lorraine has had a career in acute mental health and at the time of her diagnosis was working at Medway Maritime Hospital as a Support Time and Recovery Worker. Lorraine lives alone and with the support of friends and family is very independent. She attends local Alzheimer’s Society groups and meetings. She stays fits and healthy going on Medway Walks.
Lorraine is the chair person for the Medway Dementia Action Alliance steering group. Her presentation at the launch in May not only inspired people to get involved but has also led to many other requests for her to speak at other conferences and events.
Lorraine has chaired the steering group meetings and helped many of the ideas and work streams that will be taken forward to help make Medway dementia friendly. Lorraine is also now working with Medway Hospital and London hospitals on ‘ coming into hospital’ patient information booklet and also the environment and décor of Medway hospital wards.
Lorraine has not only been a fantastic campaigner for the work of the Medway Dementia Action Alliance but also speaks regularly at Alzheimer’s Society conferences and events. Many people say that she helps them to remember why our work is so important.
Lorraine is a dedicated, inspiring a truly brave lady who genuinely deserves the recognition of this award.