Torbay dementia campaigner Norms wins Pride of Britain award
DEMENTIA campaigner Norman 'Norms' McNamara has been awarded the Pride of Britain Local Hero award for the South West.
Norms, who was diagnosed with dementia at the age of 52, has been nationally recognised for his work to make Torbay dementia friendly and improve the lives of those with the condition.
He said: "The real meaning behind this award goes a lot deeper than just the award. I believe it's not for myself or for my family, but for everybody we have lost in the past to this awful disease and for all those, who like myself have this disease now and all those family and friends who have been touched by this awful disease.
"Only a few years ago this would never have happened as dementia wasn't even talked about, let alone awarding someone with dementia.
"This is such a huge step forward for all those people who have worked so hard to push this awful disease into the spotlight."
Norms was the winner in the ITV Pride of Britain Regional local heroes awards 2012.
He will be up against other regional winners in the Pride of Britain Award ceremony in London on October 29.
He is attending the ceremony with his wife Elaine.
Norms said: "If I am so lucky to get any air time, I will take awareness of this disease into everybody's home.
"I am as proud as punch to not only win the regional award for Torbay and the Torbay Dementia Action Alliance, but to be representing Torbay and the West country in London."
The awards are being held in central London and will be aired on ITV on Tuesday, October 30, at 8pm.
A spokesman from the Alzheimer's Society said: "Norms is a true inspiration to people with dementia everywhere, proving that a diagnosis of dementia does not have to mean the end."