The Elms welcomes dementia campaigner

By Tilly Walder Dec 1, 2023
Lady Grylls unveils her plaque

The work of a campaigner for dementia care has been recognised in a local care home.

Sally, Lady Grylls, visited The Elms in Bembridge earlier this month, to unveil a plaque in recognition of her continued dedication and contribution to the Island’s care sector.

Lady Grylls, who lives close to The Elms, has been an enthusiastic campaigner for people living with dementia and was an instrumental figure in the introduction of Dementia UK Admiral Nurses to the Island.

Lady Grylls’ connection to The Elms goes back over 50 years. Sally used to stay there with her father when it was a boutique hotel and, when the building later became a care home, her father was the first resident. He lived there for 12 years until his death in 2000, aged 94.

Sally said: “I’m thrilled to be presented with this plaque, The Elms carries many special memories for me and it’s wonderful to see many of the original staff again – two of my father’s carers, Caroline and Ann, are still working at the home now.

“I’m very proud to have helped introduce Dementia UK Admiral Nurses to the Island and it’s been a pleasure to give my time to help the care sector – it is the ‘love’ link which connects every generation together.”