“I am very proud to be Patron of Alzheimer’s Society and I use my brain to wipe out Alzheimer’s in the memory of my mother, who died of the disease at the age of 78. She probably had it in her late 50’s, early onset Alzheimer’s I now believe, but at that time we were ignorant about her symptoms, putting it down to her getting old. Once the doctors had diagnosed her we were told , there is no cure, just go home and do the best you can. This was 1980 and very little was known about Alzheimer’s. I have spent the last 22 years trying to do the best I can, to take away the feeling of shame and bring awareness of this devastating illness.”