Former chat show host Sir Michael Parkinson has commended individuals who give their time to volunteer for the Alzheimer's Society.
Some 27 Alzheimer's Society volunteers were praised by the knight for their dedication to improving the lives of people with dementia and their carers.
A ceremony was hosted by Ben Bradshaw MP at the House of Lords, with attendees including Nick Hurd MP, the minister for civil society.
Alzheimer's Society supporter Sir Michael said: "I was delighted to congratulate these volunteers for their exceptional contribution towards improving the lives of people with dementia and their carers."
He added that the number of people in the UK who are living with dementia rises every day.
Jeremy Hughes, chief executive at Alzheimer's Society, stated the body highly values the work done by each of its volunteers.
All pensioners in the UK are to undergo tests for dementia under plans recently outlined by prime minister David Cameron.
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