"We are saddened to share the news that Alan MacKim lost his battle with cancer on 28th February 2013 at the age of 81.
Alan served as a Trustee of Age UK Norfolk for over 10 years. During his term of office, Alan served one year as Vice-Chair and three and a half years as Chairman of the Board of Trustees.
Starting out his career within the field of journalism, Alan spent time working for the BBC World Service. Following a diagnosis of progressive multiple sclerosis, early retirement and a move to Norfolk in the 1980s with his wife Dorothy, Alan became dedicated to securing better support for some of the most vulnerable groups in society.
Prior to becoming active with Age UK, Alan was one of the founding members of the Norfolk Coalition of Disabled People when first established in 1996 and remained active as a trustee for the following 17 years, for many of
these as Vice-Chair. His commitment and his many achievements in securing better support for these overlapping groups will remain a lasting testament of a man who spoke out against the current assault on the most vulnerable groups in society. With so much to do in order to defend and improve upon the gains made by disabled people over the last two decades, for which Alan can take much credit, this was absolutely the wrong time to lose someone with such eloquence, power and dedication.
As Chairman of Age UK Norfolk from September 2007 to 31 March 2011, Alan presided over a time of enormous unprecedented change, leading Age UK Norfolk in improving its governance, in recruiting new skills onto the Board and introducing fundraising, marketing and social enterprise.
Hilary MacDonald, Chief Executive of Age UK Norfolk said, 'these timely changes have strengthened the Charity enabling us to respond to the difficult economic environment and to the market place that has developed around social care. Alan will be remembered with respect and affection by colleagues that worked with him, in particular his sincerity, unfailing good humour, quick wit and exceptional commitment to championing the rights and well-being of fellow human beings made him a truly exceptional man to work with. He will be much missed'.
Alan was also active within the Dereham Access Group, North Elmham Community Plan and the Elmham Patient Participation Group. Over the last 10 years Alan supported the Elmham Surgery in achieving the Quality Practice Award twice. He helped them to develop the Integrated Care model, (a project ensuring the close co-operation of GPs with Social Workers and community staff), first of all in North Elmham and then more widely in Mid-Norfolk. He encouraged wide collaboration through his links with Age UK and NCODP. On a personal level, Judith Wood from the Surgery said "Alan's generous good humoured spirit was an inspiration to the Partners and myself".
Alan leaves behind a wife, 4 children and 5 grandchildren"