We would like to wish all of our followers and supporters a very Happy Christmas and our best wishes for a restful and healthy festive season.
2021 marked our 15th year as a registered charity and it has been a busy year for our small team.
Here are just a few of our highlights:
- we hosted 26 online events including coffee mornings and sessions looking at research and managing the symptoms of LBD
- we published a new leaflet on managing hallucinations (with further leaflets in development for 2022)
- we directly supported families affected by Lewy body dementia by funding a Consultant Admiral Nurse for Lewy body dementia. Our thanks go to Rachel and the Dementia UK team for our continued partnership.
- we held our regular awareness week Dotty Days in June which received media coverage and generated lots of social media activity
- we continued our work with professionals and researchers by hosting the Lewy Body UK Research conference in June and supporting the first ever Lewy Body Academy in November
- we continued to plan the International Lewy Body Dementia Conference which takes place in Newcastle in June 2022
- we joined with colleagues across the dementia sector to campaign on social care funding and care home visits.
The audience for our newsletter is now over 2000 people, along with our 4,500 Twitter followers and 6,500 Facebook likes, and we are grateful to everyone who helps us to raise awareness of Lewy body dementia by sharing our posts. This year our entire stock of Christmas cards sold out in record time, so apologies if you didn’t manage to order any.
I would also like to thank our Trustees, Ambassadors and Specialist Advisory Committee for their continued support for The Lewy Body Society.
Jacqui Cannon, Chief Executive