Fittleworth campaigner raises dignity awareness

AN INTERNATIONAL campaigner for elder people’s rights, based in Fittleworth, has spoken again of the importance of elderly care and dignity issues.

Amanda Waring began calling for elderly people to be treated with more respect after her mother, actress Dorothy Tutin, died in 
August 2001.

Her campaigning began as a reaction to what she said was an ‘appalling lack of care’ that her mother received.

“When she died I sold my flat in order to make a film in her memory, in order to show staff care workers that they are dealing with an individual,” she said.

King Edward VII hospital in Midhurst, where Amanda’s mother spent the last months of her life before she passed away, was the place where the film was shot. It was later seen all around the world.

Although she said her mother was neglected in other hospitals, Amanda praised hospital and Macmillan staff at King Edward VII, saying they were ‘fantastic’.

“They gave mum the dignity and respect that she deserved,” she added.

Amanda was speaking ahead of Dignity Action Day, on February 1, which aims to raise awareness of the needs of vulnerable people in hospitals, care homes and throughout communities.

Amanda is now a spokeswoman and initiator of the government’s dignity board, and has since produced a series of films, a song and a book, all of which have reportedly been used to help teach people how best to care for and respect the elderly all around the world.

For more information about Amanda’s talks, films, and training resources visit www.amandawaring.com