Nominated for Citizenship award
Chris Roberts is an inspirational campaigner who works hard to raise awareness of dementia.
Chris from Rhuddlan, married with 5 children, has led an active life with vast experience in an array of jobs from farming, coal mining and sales, to owning a custom motorcycle shop and property rental business.
He was diagnosed with mixed dementia aged just 50 years old, already living with emphysema and more recently, arthritis too. Initially, Chris suffered deep depression following his dementia diagnosis, but after a few months Chris realised that he was still the same person and decided not to let this illness define him. Since then, with the support of his wife Jayne and his family, he has become a keen campaigner and advocate for others affected by dementia, and a leading voice who regularly speaks at meetings and conferences nationally and Internationally.
He has taken part in 2 BBC Cymru television documentaries regarding his dementia. He set up and runs a support group for people affected by dementia, Expert Dementia Group for the Wales Dementia Strategy, is a co-founder of the 3Nations Dementia Working Group and represents the UK as Vice Chair on the European Working Group for People with Dementia. He started a social media campaign #handouthope and hosts 2 dementia support groups on Facebook. Through his roles as an Alzheimer’s Society Ambassador and Dementia Research UK Champion, Chris works relentlessly to educate people, to make the world understand, accept, and be more inclusive of people affected by dementia.