Well, what a year that was! A really successful first annual Memory Fest event at Club Bliss on 01 May where we raised an amazing £1,973.53 split between the two Charities, Alzheimer Scotland and Dementia UK.
Some of you may recall that Memory Fest ’16 came about because of our personal experiences with this terrible condition. My parents were fighting with this, mum looking after my dad who was diagnosed with early onset Mixed Dementia – Alzheimer’s/Vascular on 20 March 2013 after having an assessment and brain scan. Their lives had changed dramatically and until you are affected by this condition it is difficult to really understand just how much upset it does cause.
Cathy of course, was working with dementia clients on a daily basis, with our Premier Sponsor, Home Instead Senior Care and has had first hand experience of how it not only affects the client but also their family.
Following our first event, we were in the process of planning Memory Fest – Newcastle, however my dad deteriorated very rapidly and passed away on 12 September. We had to cancel (or at least postpone) the event as I really didn’t feel up to going ahead so close to home and so soon after – we hope to follow this through during 2017.
With massive support from our hosts at The Wide Mouthed Frog our Memory Fest – Oban event, in conjunction with Elinor’s ‘Challenge to Remember’ project, did go ahead in October. Not Classic Rock this time, but a Glam Rock themed Fancy Dress extravaganza where the funds raised, in excess of £1,300, were for Alzheimer’s Research UK.
But now its time to concentrate on the Second Annual Memory Fest event in Kirkintilloch. As confirmed last year this will take place on Sunday, 30 April – the day after is a Bank Holiday, so you can really let your hair down!
We intend to continue to raise awareness for Alzheimer’s and Dementia and in the process, more funds for some of the organisations that work in this area – We hope you will follow our news over the coming months and be able to attend Memory Fest ’17.