It’s very special to receive an award, and even more of an achievement to win two for the same service. m4d Radio, Music for Dementia’s direct service, has now been recognised twice for its contribution towards people living with dementia. It notched up a second win on 12th February at the Markel 3rd Sector Care Awards, carrying away the Dementia Care Award.
Presenting the award, older people and dementia advocate Beth Britton, said: “The judges felt this winner had real reach and impact across the large population. It was accessible for so many people, and had the potential impact on people’s lives at a national level.”
The ceremony was postponed from its original date in 2020 in the hope of a face-to-face event. However, it eventually took place online with Esther Rantzen interviewing the winners of the 13 categories and co-hosting the event with her daughter Rebecca Wilcox.
Grace Meadows, Music for Dementia’s Programmed Director, said: “We are delighted that m4d Radio is being recognised for its impact on people living with dementia. We are passionate about access to music for people with the condition. As lockdown one commenced we could see a very clear need to bring music direct into people’s homes to alleviate isolation when so many other musical services were ceasing.”
As Grace assured everyone that the five radio stations are enjoyed as much by carers as those living with dementia, Esther declared she might well listen in too.