Dear Wendy

Dear Wendy

Dear Wendy Thank you for being you, for using your character and innate kindness, your gentle voice, your fluent, wise and wonderful words to raise awareness of living, and dying, with dementia.  You were my hero (or heroine).  I hope you know that.  Though I...
Sage House Christmas Appeal

Sage House Christmas Appeal

Sage House dementia hub is under ten minutes away from my home in West Sussex.  As soon as neighbours heard that I had an interest in the condition they kept telling me to visit it, and one sunny afternoon a year or so ago I popped along. I wasn’t disappointed. The...
RIP Suzy Webster’s Mum

RIP Suzy Webster’s Mum

I never met Suzy Webster’s mum but in a strange way I knew her through her daughter, and when I heard that Barbara had died I experienced a deep sense of sadness.  I asked Suzy if I could write something to honour her mum, though as I sit here in front of my laptop I...
My Life Loving Barbara Windsor

My Life Loving Barbara Windsor

When Dame Barbara Windsor died in the dark Covid days of December 2020 the nation mourned the loss of not just an immensely talented and likeable actress, but a friend.  We felt we knew this pocket dynamo, through her countless appearances, from her early days in the...
Inside the Care Crisis with Ed Balls

Inside the Care Crisis with Ed Balls

It’s not every day you see a former Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer washing someone’s feet.  In this case it’s Ed Balls, on his knees soaping the toes of 94-year-old Phyllis and asking her if she likes the water warm or hot, and what sort of dancing she used to do....
Raising more than funds

Raising more than funds

  It was my husband’s idea.  He was having a marquee erected in the garden one weekend for a Saturday event he was hosting and suggested I use it on the Friday evening for a cause close to my heart.  It took me less than a minute to decide that we would hold a...