Valued volunteer a worthy winner

Angi McCluskey wearing pink flower shirt standing in Fremantle Hospital cafe
Fremantle Hospital Consumer Advisory Council Member and Forget Me Not Cafe Founder, Angi McCluskey
November 22, 2019

Founder of Forget Me Not Café and member of the Fremantle Hospital Consumer Advisory Council (CAC), Angi McCluskey, was recently named Metropolitan WA Senior of the Year at the 2019 WA Seniors Awards.

Angi has been a Fremantle Hospital CAC member for two years but is already pioneering change with the introduction of Forget Me Not Café at the hospital.

She noticed a gap in support when her husband Michael was diagnosed with dementia four years ago.

“We received a lot of information about support and activities that we could do separately, but nothing we could do together,” Angi said.

“My husband and I have always been social and adored going out, and since the diagnosis we longed for places and occasions we could meet friends, without the awkward conversations and embarrassed faces.

“Forget Me Not Café are safe places for people with dementia and their loved ones to relax alongside others in similar situations.”

Fellow South Metropolitan Health Service (SMHS) volunteer Rae Endersby from Murray District Hospital also took at an award for Regional Volunteer of the Year.

SMHS Chief Executive Paul Forden said Rae and Angi were very deserving of the award.

“This award is a fitting recognition of their dedication,” Paul said.

“We greatly appreciate the efforts of Rae, Angi and all our volunteers to improve the experience and comfort for our patients.”

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