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Occupation Awareness Campaigner
Location Glasgow, United Kingdom
Introduction I am Tommy. For years I travelled the world running global merchandising operations for the Spice Girls, Kylie and U2. However, over the past few years I became a fulltime carer my late mum, Joan, who had vascular dementia. My motivation as a carer came from the love I had for my mum and I would do it all again in a heartbeat, but my experience has shown me just how tough it is to live with dementia and how many struggles it can bring. For the last year, I have been collecting carer’s life stories to raise awareness. I felt passionately that no one should have to face the confusion, loneliness and isolation and my passion has to raise awareness of dementia and its impact on families has grown even stronger since my mum’s passing in September 2012 after five years caring for her. I am working on The Dementia Carers Voices project with the Health and Social Care Alliance which will build on my ‘Tommy on Tour’ campaign by engaging with carers, collecting their life stories and raise awareness amongst health and social care professionals on both dementia and caring.