A MAN who lost his wife to dementia is backing a new campaign to ensure no-one in the North-East is denied access to support.

Gordon Calvert, whose wife Ann died last October, has spoke in support of the Alzheimer’s Society which is stepping up its efforts to help people affected by the disease.

A national poll carried out by the society found that out of 35,000 people diagnosed with dementia, one in five received no information or support.

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Their campaign, Right to Know, will work to ensure people with dementia get access to information, support and available treatments following a diagnosis.

Mr Calvert, who lives in Barnard Castle, County Durham, said: “The advantage of knowing, and getting into contact groups is you learn about the illness, and what to expect and look for, as your loved one becomes more confused.

“The sooner you have the diagnosis and get involved in what is in your area the better.”

The campaign was launched at the same time as Durham County Council announced it will pilot a similar scheme in Barnard Castle and Chester-le-Street.

Lucy Hovvels, chair of the council's health and wellbeing board said: “The roll out of ‘Dementia Friendly Communities’ in County Durham will focus on improving inclusion and quality of life for people living with dementia.

“This is a really important and exciting initiative and I look forward to seeing more communities in the county following suit over the next three years.”