Rotary Club

Recognition From Grangemouth Rotary Club

In November last year, I was invited to The Rotary Club of Grangemouth as a Guest Speaker, and enjoyed sharing the story behind my book The Forgetful Elephant with their members. Every Christmas the Rotary Club has a Santa Sleigh Collection, with the funds collected being divided between their chosen charities. I was delighted to be informed in January this year that I had been chosen as one of the beneficiaries and would be presented with the cheque at a special presentation. The presentation was last night, 16th February 2015, in The Lea Park Hotel in Grangemouth, where I joined 19 other organisations, all as delighted as I was to receive a donation towards our worthy causes. It was also a chance to meet new contacts and have a chat while enjoying the lovely buffet that the Rotary Club provided for us. The photographer from my local newspaper The Falkirk Herald was also present, so I am looking forward to seeing the official photograph and reading about the event.

It was a wonderful evening for me, because it wasn’t just about receiving a cheque, it was also about receiving recognition for the work I have been doing over the past 2 years with my campaign to raise children’s awareness of dementia. It is very hard sometimes, because so many people just don’t want to talk to children about dementia, and I get a lot of doors slammed in my face. I’m sure you will all agree that when someone gives you a bit of credit for your achievements, it makes it all worthwhile and gives you a boost to carry on. I have to say though, that no matter how many setbacks I receive, I vow to carry on with my campaign in memory of my dear Mum who had Vascular Dementia and passed away last August. Her legacy will live on in my work, and her strength and determination will live on in me.

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