I'd like Mahatma Ghandi, Terry Pratchett and Fiona Phillips at my Christmas lunch... Ghandi because of his brilliant statement; Pratchett because I'm right with him when he says that when his own time comes to die, he would like to be sitting on a chair on the lawn at his home, with a brandy in one hand and a glass of life-ending chemicals in the other, saying he would shake hands with Death. And Phillips, because she cared for both parents with dementia and has since gone on to fight for better awareness and care of people with dementia as an Ambassador for the Alzheimer's Society.
Thank you very much Larry Gardiner. Larry has multi-infarct dementia. He is a dementia activist and advocate; board advisor to the Alzheimer's Society – and a great bloke. Photograph: thesaygi.deviantart.com
I would like to have Christmas lunch with Sir Terry Pratchett (64). As a fan and long time aspiring writer - who never seems to have time to get started - I'd love to talk to Terry about his amazing writing career. My kids both love The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents for which Terry was awarded the Carnegie medal in 2001 so I know the lunchtime conversation would keep everyone amused and entertained.
After lunch, when everyone had settled down in from of the TV, I'd steal a few quiet moments with Terry to discuss his experiences of living with dementia and what he thinks we should be doing to improve things. That would be a very special Christmas lunch indeed.
Thank you very much Willie Cruickshank, Director, Norfolk & Suffolk Dementia Alliance