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Issue:- 3 July 2014

Southport care expert takes centre stage at dementia conference

Alan Howells (centre) collects Outstanding Contribution to Care Award at the 2014 Laing Buisson Independent Specialist Care Awards, from Prof. Martin Green, CEO of Care England (left) and Rt Hon Michael Portillo (Right)

A Southport based social care specialist, Alan Howells, will be joining some of the nation's leading figures in the dementia care sector, when he presents at the upcoming Alzheimer's Show conference.

Alan Howells is the Clinical Specialist for Community Integrated Care, one of Britain's biggest social care providers. In this role he provides clinical guidance and specialist training to people who work in care.

The Alzheimer's Show is a unique conference, which will be attended by over 1500 people who live with dementia, family carers and dementia care professionals. The event, which takes place at Event City in Manchester on 5 July and 6 July 2014, aims to offer guidance and inspiration to delegates; showcasing the latest innovations in dementia care and providing expert advice.

Alan will be presenting on a number of interesting topics at the event; including giving advice to family carers on how to deal with the difficulties that come with their caring role, overseeing a session of music therapy with the classical group Leos Strings, and introducing a special yoga session that has been adapted for older people.

Alan has been recognised as one of the UK's leading dementia specialists, having led the development of pioneering care services and won a number of prestigious care awards, including the Outstanding Contribution to Care Award at the 2014 Laing Buisson Independent Specialist Care Awards. He says:- "Dementia is a challenging and complex condition, which is why, at Community Integrated Care, we want to support the Alzheimer's Show – a unique event which aims to offer vital help and advice. It's a great honour for me to be able to share my own experience of working in dementia care at the event, which I hope will make a difference to the lives of delegates."

For more information about the event is available online.

Help Us Find Our Anonymous Saint!

THE North West Ambulance Service is appealing for help after a total of £1,250.00 was anonymously sent to the Service over the past 7 months. The Trust is trying to get to the bottom of this heavenly gesture and find out who has sent the donations so they can be thanked. To date the Trust has received 5 postal orders of £250 via the Royal Liverpool Ambulance Liaison desk totalling £1,250.00. The identity of the sender is unfortunately a mystery to NWAS and the staff at the hospital have no idea who has sent them either. The donations were made on the following dates:-

1 November 2013
► 2 January 2014
► 19 February 2014
► 21 February 2014
► 6 May 2014

Funds donated for general purposes are used for the welfare of staff and patients of the Trust and placed into the Trust's Charitable Funds. Kelly Jackson, Head of Patient Transport Services said:- "The Trust is very grateful for the donations and it is a lovely gesture. We are a little shocked by the amount of money that has been given from what we presume to be one and the same person, especially without a name or form of identity. We would love to know who our benefactor is and thank them personally. All we know is that the person is likely to live in the Merseyside area, be a user of our patient transport service and a frequent visitor to the Royal Liverpool Hospital. If our donator is reading this, please contact us on:- 01204 498400, so we can say a big thank you."

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