Alzheimer’s Society Ambassador Angela Rippon has been awarded a CBE for services to dementia care in the New Year’s Honours list.

Angela has been inspired to help the 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK by her own experiences of caring for her mother Edna, who was diagnosed with dementia in 2004 and sadly died in 2009.

The broadcaster, journalist and presenter is a dedicated supporter of Alzheimer’s Society and became an official Ambassador of the charity in 2009.

Angela co-chairs The Prime Minister’s Champion Group on Dementia Friendly Communities, alongside Alzheimer’s Society Chief Executive Jeremy Hughes, which focuses on improving inclusion and quality of life for people living with dementia.

Now some 28 million people in England, Wales and Northern Ireland live in almost 220 Dementia Friendly Communities. The recent 2016 Dementia Friendly Awards, which Angela hosted, showcased the outstanding achievements of the initiative – ranging from the airport industry improving travel for people with dementia to Dementia Friendly football clubs helping football fans with dementia continue to enjoy their favourite past-time.

Angela has also backed Alzheimer’s Society’s flagship fundraising campaign, Memory Walk and supported the Counting the Cost campaign, which aimed to improve the quality of care for people with dementia on hospital wards.