New Year Honours

Tony Jameson-Allen and Chris Wilkins, co-founders of the dementia reminiscence charity Sporting Memories, have been awarded MBEs in the New Year Honours. They started the charity in 2011 and there are now more than 100 Sporting Memories clubs supporting older people across England, Scotland and Wales.

Wilkins, CEO of Sporting Memories, said the clubs used the power of sport to engage people through reminiscence and inclusive physical activities.

“I’d really like to dedicate this award to all of the wonderful people that have been part of the Sporting Memories journey over the past 12 years, including our staff, our partners, our funders but most important of all, our incredible volunteers, club members and carers,” he added.

Also awarded MBEs were Jill Quinn, CEO of Dementia Forward, which provides services and support to people with dementia and carers in North Yorkshire, and Martin Jones, CEO of care company Home Instead.

Jane Townson, CEO of the Homecare Association, was awarded an OBE, while Nadra Ahmed, chair of the National Care Association, was awarded a CBE.