Downton Abbey star named as Scottish charity ambassador

A Downton Abbey actress has taken up a new role, as an ambassador for Hearts & Minds, a dementia charity.

Phyllis Logan will be the charity's newest ambassador Picture: Contributed

Phyllis Logan, better known for playing housekeeper Mrs Hughes in the period drama, will take on the position of honorary Elderflower, in the Elderflower programme.

This programme engages men and women living with dementia across the Scotland, and is delivered by specially trained professional arts practitioners.

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Behind the scenes Phyllis has had first hand experience of family members being affected by dementia and the difficulties and challenges that can bring for everyone in the family.

Workers interacting with patients Picture: Contributed

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When Phyllis met with the charity in January and heard about work of Hearts & Minds and the effect the Elderflowers have in creating memories and moments during their visits to the people on hospital wards and in care homes across Scotland she immediately agreed to act as an ambassador.

Phyllis Logan said: “I am so pleased to be a supporter of Hearts & Minds and proud to be an honorary Elderflower. I hadn’t been aware of this wonderful charity before, but was immediately inspired by their compassionate and joyful approach in helping to improve the quality of life for dementia sufferers and their families.

“My mother had cognitive impairment, and my mother-in-law had Alzheimer’s for many years. I know so many people with similar stories, and the impact on family life can be devastating. With the fantastic work that Hearts and Mind do, families can feel that their loved ones are being cherished and respected. And that is a priceless gift.”

Workers interacting with patients Picture: Contributed

Magdalena Schamberger, CEO & Artistic Director of Hearts & Minds said: “I am delighted to welcome Phyllis Logan into the Hearts & Minds family. Her commitment and passion for Hearts & Minds and our Elderflowers programme in particular, will undoubtedly raise the profile of our work for people living with dementia and their families.”
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