Dementia volunteer Sandra set to discover national award destination

Dementia volunteer Sandra set to discover national award destination

By Michael Upton | 10/11/2020

Dementia volunteer Sandra set to discover national award destination

 

A VOLUNTEER who works to support people with dementia will find out this week if she has won a national award.

Sandra Blockley (76) is a finalist in the National Dementia Care Awards, which will be handed out in an online ceremony on Thursday.

As well as opening her own community shop in June 2020, which raises funds for a number of dementia charities, Sandra has been the driving force behind four dementia cafes in Rotherham.

The kind-hearted Thurcroft woman, who lost her own husband Charlie to dementia in 2017, has worked to raise funds for dementia and to mobilise other volunteers ever since.  

Last year, Sandra and 18 other dementia volunteers from the Rotherham area were named national unpaid carers of the year at the Great British Care Awards.

Alec Senior (90), Rotherham dementia cafe volunteer said: "Sandra is the most selfless person I have ever met.

“She thinks about everyone. It is wonderful to know her.”

Amanda Tomlinson, team leader for Rotherham Dementia Support Service, said: “Sandra is a special lady.

“She has a wonderful impact on everyone she meets and she has done more to raise dementia awareness in Rotherham than any other person or organisation.

“She makes everyone want to do more for people living with dementia and their carers in Rotherham.”



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