My Counsellor told me that having somebody listen to me when I most needed it was fundamental in my recovery. I was very traumatised by my mother’s dementia and other stresses in my life. I wanted to personally thank you for setting up support for dementia carers at the Met Office.
I just wanted to say – thank you for such a lovely interview this morning. It was a pleasure to talk to you and hear the good you’ve been doing at the Met Office and the fact you’ve been inspired by BBC Radio Devon’s coverage of the issue. Please keep me in touch with how the group is going. Best wishes and thanks again.
Matt Woodley, Presenter: Good Morning Devon
I am now delighted to be able to say we have now got your fabulous interview up on the BBC Radio Devon website. Once again, very many thanks for all you have done and are doing and do keep in touch with how things are progressing. We’d love to hear from you again on air.
Belinda, for BBC Radio Devon
I am not a carer, but I am interested in dementia, as I’ve had exposure to it with my husband’s grandparents. My own mum is 80 and still bright as a new button, but I am interested in understanding/spotting the signs of the onset of dementia.
I would just like to say that I attended your 1-hour dementia awareness session about a year ago and I found it really interesting and useful. I don’t currently have any caring responsibilities or close family who are affected, but you never know what the future holds and I feel glad that I work for an organisation who will be supportive should my circumstances change. I also came away feeling better educated and aware of the situations other people might be in, which is really helpful for life in general!
I requested that Anne Marie Morris, (MP for Newton Abbot, Devon) attend a parliamentary event on dementia. I included details about my Dementia Carer Friendly Met Office initiative and her response was received within an hour from her smartphone:
Hi Mary. What a star you are! This is a critical issue and I have worked with Senior Voice for Devon on this and most recently in Teignmouth, where we are trying to become a Dementia friendly town. There are two events in parliament that day on this and I shall try to get to both.