The Lewy Body Society held its annual awareness week from 1st-8th June. The week is named after the charity’s Patron June Brown MBE, who plays the character Dot Cotton in Eastenders, and whose husband Robert Arnold died with the disease. Dotty Days is a chance to raise awareness of Lewy body dementia, celebrate those affected by the disease, and to encourage everyone to support and participate in dementia research. This year marks 13 years since the charity was founded, and since then it has funded over £1 million in grants to researchers seeking to better understand Lewy body dementia.
During the week The Lewy Body Society asked supporters to wear dots on their clothing or accessories, and lots of pictures of dotty badges, wristbands and scarves (including several on dogs) have been shared on social media. The charity was delighted to become the charity partner of Showtime Challenge, which stages West End musicals in just 48 hours. This year’s event on 13th October will be a performance of Singin’ in the Rain at the Adelphi Theatre in London, and will be hosted by Julian Clary in aid of the Lewy Body Society. The auditions took place at the start of Dotty Days and many taking part wore dots to show their support.
The Lewy Body Society has just closed its latest round of funding, so will be considering the applications received before announcing the successful grants in the autumn. In the coming months it will be relaunching its popular handbook A Guide to Lewy body dementia and continuing to promote the incredible challenges undertaken by supporters to raise money for research.