Natalie, a partner in the private client department is a fully-fledged Champion after completing her Dementia Friends training course. She is now responsible for creating a dementia-friendly environment in the local community.
A Dementia Friends Champion is a volunteer who encourages and offers their advice to people living with dementia in their community. Friends must attend a training session, which is run by Alzheimers Society, and anyone over the age of 18 and who lives in England can become a Champion.
Natalie said: "I am delighted to have become a Dementia Friends Champion as it is something that I am very passionate about. I intend to follow on from my training and raise awareness to people in the community about dementia, which will go a long way to making a difference to those living with the disease.
"Dementia is a condition that currently affects 670,000 people in England, so it is important to help raise awareness and help combat it by any means possible.
Andrew Way, apartner and manager of the Private Client department at Latimer Hinks Solicitors, said: "It is fantastic that Natalie has completed this training and is willing to go the extra mile to try and make a difference for people living with such a terrible disease. This just goes to show what a thoughtful and committed person Natalie is.
"We would like to congratulate Natalie on becoming a Dementia Friends Champion, and wish her all the best in promoting a positive difference to those living with dementia in the community.
As well as becoming a Dementia Friends Champion, Natalie is also heavily involved with other charities, as she is a trustee of Age UK Darlington and a member of the Alzheimers Society Referral Panel. In addition to her charitable commitments, Natalie is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and the joint regional coordinator of Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE) North East branch.
For more information on Dementia Friends and on how to become a Dementia Friends Champion, please visit http://dementiafriends.org.uk