A FORMER Coronation Street star is lending her support to a Cheshire East Council drive to raise awareness of dementia.

Actress Judy Holt who appeared in ‘The Street’ as dementia sufferer Lesley Kershaw, attended a recent seminar organised by Cheshire East in her role as a dementia ‘befriender’.

Council Leader Michael Jones, said: “We are offering practical leadership by creating a new Dementia Action Alliance Co-ordinator to establish a series of events across Cheshire East to break down barriers and spread understanding about the challenges of dealing with dementia and how we can all play a part in helping people with the condition to still lead fulfilling lives.”

One of the key speakers at a dementia awareness Cheshire East dementia awareness event at Tatton park was Dr Trevor Jarvis MBE, who spoke about living with dementia.

Having been diagnosed with vascular dementia in 2001, Trevor uses his personal experience along with his talent for public speaking to highlight the day-to-day difficulties of living with dementia and how to make communities a better place for those that live with the condition.