Wolverhampton panto star John visits dementia cafe

22 December 2015

Panto star John Altman told how a friend’s death has inspired him to work with and help dementia sufferers in any way he can at an event in Wolverhampton.

The actor, who is playing Captain Hook in the Grand Theatre’s production of Peter Pan this festive season, took a break from the stage to visit a dementia cafe at Wolverhampton Art Gallery.

The former EastEnder, famous for his role as ‘Nasty’ Nick Cotton, said: “My father developed dementia towards the end of his life so I know the impact it has on families.

“I think it’s important people are aware of Alzheimer’s Society’s services and know they have somewhere to turn to if they receive a dementia diagnosis.

“I have been supporting the Alzheimer’s Society for a long time as it is something very close to my heart.

“I have a very dear friend who passed away a few years ago, called Phil Brown, who was in a band called The Records. He was just a little bit younger than me and he got Dementia with Lewy Bodies and I just get emotional when I think about it.

“I was just speaking to some people about how it has been for them, so we fully understand what it is all about.”

Mr Altman, aged 63, is one of the Alzheimers Society’s most high-profile supporters, and delivers talks and attends meetings up and down the country to support sufferers and their families.

He has also ran the Bupa Great Yorkshire Run, launched a flagship memory walk, as well as attending other fundraisers on behalf of the society.

Elaine Spiteri, café co-ordinator, said: “It was wonderful to see so many people here today.

“The festive atmosphere was made even more special by the visit from John Altman.

“Dementia cafés are places where people can come and share each other’s company and feel they are not alone.”






John attends numerous charity events throughout the year, raising awareness and money for various charities close to his heart.

This page shows just some of the events John has supported and which he continues to support.


Memory Walk

13 September 2015

John took part in the Surrey Memory Walk on 13th Sept at Painshill Park




John shows his support for 'Whale Fest'

14 - 15 March 2015




Grease Enders

14 November 2014




Dozens attend dementia awareness event 2013

More than 100 people attended an event last week to explore the early signs of dementia and support available for people with the disease. Representatives from Richmond Council, Alzheimer’s Society Richmond and former EastEnders actor John Altman spoke at York House on 19 September 2013.

Councillor David Marlow, cabinet member for adult services, said: “The afternoon was a great success; it was nice to see so many residents and professionals eager to find out more information on dementia as well as sharing their experiences with each other.



Soldiering On Awards

23 March 2013

Park Plaza Hotel, Westminster Bridge, London.

Soldiering On Through Life Trust (SOTLT) was established as a not-for-profit organisation to support injured Service personnel and their families throughout their lives by giving recognition of the outstanding achievements of teams or individuals from within the Armed Forces Community (AFC) through an annual awards ceremony.


John actively supports Alzheimer's Society

John Altman will be familiar to many as EastEnders villain 'nasty' Nick Cotton.

John actively supports Alzheimer's Society as his father developed dementia during the final months of his life.

John has ran the Bupa Great Yorkshire Run, launched a flagship Memory Walk as well as attended other fundraisers on behalf of the Society.

'My father developed dementia towards the end of his life and a close friend died from dementia with Lewy bodies, so I know the impact it has on families which is why I support Alzheimer's Society.'



John Altman Presents Award to Hope Rescue Dog Centre 2012

John Altman, who starred as villainous ‘Nasty’ Nick Cotton on the BBC soap opera EastEnders, helped to shine a spotlight on animal welfare heroes at the third annual Burgess Wetnose Animal Rescue Awards, held on March 9, 2012 at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel in London.

The awards presentation was made possible by Andrea and Gavin Gamby-Boulger, the founders of Wetnose Animal Aid, which has provided financial and information-based support to small animal welfare organizations around the world since its founding in 2006.



Dementia roadshow service launched 2011

THE first ever Dementia Community Roadshow was launched in Dorchester last week to help carry information and advice about the condition, which is estimated to affect 69,000 people in the South West.

Run in conjunction with Tesco, for whom the Alzheimers Society and Alzheimer Scotland are their charity of the year, the roadshow aims to reach 100,000 people over three years when it will visit Tesco car parks across the UK spending two days at every store it visits.

Actor John Altman, a passionate Alzheimer’s Society supporter, was in attendance to launch England’s first ever roadshow at Dorchester’s Tesco store.



15th Anniversary Fundraising Dinner

4 October 2010

Photo L-R John Altman, Wendy Turner Webster, Gary Webster, Julie Peasgood, Angie Ahmed, Martina Philips


Local famous faces from TV helped to raise around £6800 on Monday 4th October to help children from Richmond borough to have a better start in life.

Julie Peasgood from Brookside and Emmerdale, John Altman from Eastenders and Gary Webster from Minder all supported us at our 15th Anniversary Dinner at Pembroke Lodge, Richmond Park.

The dinner was organised and hosted by Home-Start Richmond supporters Frances and Neil Spurrier from St Margaret’s, helped by their son Charlie who performed stand up comedy, son James who ran the disco and daughter Annabel who donated her professional make-up expertise to the Auction of Promises. The event was supported by Gregory Rowcliffe Milners Solicitors and Aston Rose, Chartered Surveyors and John Williams from Aston Rose acted as Auctioneer, selling off over £2300 worth of Promises on the night.




The Born Free Foundation is a dynamic international wildlife charity, founded in 1984 by the actors Bill Travers MBE and Virginia McKenna OBE, stars of the iconic film Born Free, and their son, Will Travers OBE, the charity’s President. Born Free takes action worldwide to save lives, stop suffering and protect species in the wild. Born Free never forgets the individual. Our emergency teams rescue vulnerable animals from appalling lives of misery in tiny cages, often barren of any enrichment, and gives them lifetime care in spacious bush sanctuaries.

This is why Born Free is supported by celebrities including John Altman, Joanna Lumley, Martin Clunes, Bryan Adams, Rachel Hunter, Helen Worth, Jenny Seagrove and Martin Shaw. Together we reach out to the public, the media and our business friends, who actively support and fund our projects and campaigns, helping hundreds of thousands of animals worldwide.

John Altman, Helen Worth & Will Travers, OBE at the Wild Night at the Movies Born Free Foundation Event

© Alan Strutt




The Manchester Bupa 10k Run, 18 May 2008




The Flora London Marathon 2008




The Giving Tree 2008


EastEnders star John Altman joined Mayor of Reading Councillor Peter Beard and Steve Fawke, centre manager of the Broad Street Mall, at the official launch of the 2008 appeal at the Penta Hotel Readin. Mr Altman said: “I have never come across the Giving Tree idea before. It’s a fantastic idea and it ensures that people who have got next to nothing get something and the presents that they want. “I think they should do it across the UK. It’s also great various people in the community are supporting it

.”Presents are distributed to children through charities including Berkshire Women’s Aid, Parents and Children Together (PACT), Sahara Asian Project and SITE in Southcote.

Children are asked to fill out a tag saying what they would most like for Christmas. The cards are then put on one of the Giving Trees in businesses around the town where kind-hearted people can pick a tag and buy the chosen present. The gifts are then distributed to the charities who then make sure the child gets the present they asked for.





See John appear in a Health and Social Care video 'Emily'

Personalisation: promoting independence in care homes