Tommy Whitelaw is a self-described “man with a mission.” And he certainly is dedicated to his mission–Tommy on Tour was built to raise awareness of the people affected by dementia, the carers who struggle with limited resources, as well as advocate their rights and support. Tommy cares for his mom, Joan, who was diagnosed with vascular dementia. His passion for carers’ rights seems to be fueled by his dedication to his mother’s care.
In February, Tommy got an important motion passed in the Glasgow City Council: “Council recognizes the inspirational efforts of Tommy Whitelaw in raising awareness of the issues effecting the carers and families of people suffering from Dementia through his “Tommy on Tour” campaign Council agrees to set-up a Cross Party Working Group to engage with carers and to ensure that the services provided to carers are appropriate to the needs of the carers and those suffering from Dementia and that the Working Group’s findings be presented by Council to the Scottish Government.” We want to congratulate him on his progress in making a difference in caregivers’ lives and we’ll be cheering him on from across the pond.
Please watch this inspirational video of Tommy’s work with dementia caregivers.