A COMMITTED campaigner is hoping to add another award to his collection.
Joe Grant has fought on behalf of dementia sufferers and their carers ever since his beloved late wife Blanche was diagnosed with the disease in 2001.
The 84-year-old, of Low Simonside, South Shields, was named Carer of the Year in the Pride of South Tyneside Awards 2010.
He has now been nominated in the Role Model of the Year and Achieving Excellence categories this year.
Friend Agnes Fenwick said: “Joe has been battling for better services for Alzheimer’s and dementia sufferers for the past 12 years.
“He has approached doctors, nurses, care homes, councillors and even written to the Prime Minister.
“He is still battling on at the age of 84.
“His determination caught the eye of Age UK South Tyneside, who nominated Joe to meet Samantha Cameron at an event to recognise shining examples of the country’s ageing population.
“While on his visit to Downing Street, he explained about his campaigning and why he feels he must carry on in memory of his beloved Blanche.
“She would have been thrilled.”
Mr Grant was his wife’s full-time carer until she passed away in June last year.
He said it felt “fantastic” to be nominated, adding: “I believe there is a lot more still to do with dementia. My late wife has given me the reason to do it. I know things are improving slightly, but there is still abuse going on in certain areas and people not getting the care they need.
“Something’s got to happen.”
The Pride of South Tyneside Awards, organised by the Gazette, South Tyneside Council and the Customs House, honour the borough’s unsung heroes.
The ceremony will be held at the Temple Park Centre in South Shields on Sunday, April 28.
The closing date for entries has been extended until Thursday.
To nominate someone you know, fill out the form on this page or visit www.shieldsgazette.com.