Former newsreader Angela Rippon has told of her family's battle against Alzheimer's after her mother got the disease, it has been revealed.
She highlighted the dangers of the condition to the Daily Mail, which is running a national campaign this Christmas to raise awareness of Alzheimer's.
Ms Rippon said that although she was aware of dementia and how it manifested in a number of different ways, it was a condition that could be easily attributed to something else.
She added that people who suffered from dementia needed a voice, and the paper's campaign highlighted this.
Ms Rippon concluded: "By supporting the Daily Mail's Christmas appeal for the Alzheimer's Society, you will be ensuring that people with dementia are heard - and that the good quality dementia care they deserve is widely available for all in need."
Angela Rippon was honoured with an OBE by the Queen in June 2001, having become the first regular female newsreader in the UK.
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