On 17th October we held our long-awaited awareness-raising event in Belfast, which was the second time we have wrapped ‘A Scarf for Lewy’ around a major landmark building.
The mile-long scarf which was lovingly knitted by volunteers last year and wrapped around the Royal Albert Hall
in London was transported across the Irish Sea and unwound around the stunning concert venue Waterfront Hall. We also had a new addition of several hundred pomoms which had been knitted especially for this event and added some wonderful additional colour. Around 100 scarf-wearing volunteers joined us and helped us spread the word about Lewy body dementia with the welcoming public in Belfast.
We were delighted to be joined once again by panto and TV legend Christopher Biggins who was so generous with his time, as well as TV presenter Rita Fitzgerald, the Lord Mayor of Belfast and other local Councillors. Our NI-based Ambassador Les Magee came along with her beautiful harp and also helped to raise some fantastic publicity by appearing on BBC Radio Ulster in the run up to the event. Coverage was also secured on Belfast Live
and Northern Ireland World
As usual it was a fantastic team effort and we would like to thank the event organiser Vicky, the teams from Belfast-based charities Volunteer Now
, researchers from Queen’s University and Trinity College Dublin who helped with the scarf, and finally the staff at Waterfront Hall who were so kind and helpful.