Campaigner calls for support for dementia investment bid

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A South Tyneside health campaigner has renewed a plea for public support – as she steps up calls for the Government to drive up investment in dementia research.

Kathryn Green has launched an online petition urging Westminster MPs to plough extra funds into specialised facilities to combat the condition.

The petition – set up in February – has already attracted nearly 2,200 signatures but time is running out to ensure the message is delivered to parliament.

The petition, which calls for investment in dedicated dementia villages and more specialised carers at nursing homes, needs 10,000 pledges in order for it to be guaranteed a response from the Government but will expire on August 16.

Miss Green, from South Shields, has hailed pioneering efforts being made in her home town after Haven Court, a hub and social care hub with an emphasis on dementia care, swung open its doors earlier this month.

But she wants more to be done nationally to address the issue.

Miss Green, from South Shields, decided to make a stand after being left ‘disgusted’ by the paucity of support services on offer when her uncle was diagnosed with emerging dementia earlier this year.

The 34-year-old said: “He ended up in a nursing home where I found there is not the level of training required to meet the complexity of the condition.

“He has now moved to live with family in Canada.”

To add your support to the petition, log onto https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/121679