Dame Prue Leith and Christopher Biggins were among the stars who helped wrap the Royal Albert Hall in a mile-long knitted scarf to support a dementia charity.
More than 100 volunteers helped place the giant scarf around the entire perimeter of the concert hall in South Kensington, London, on Friday after the Lewy Fitness Association urged people from around the country to pick up knitting needles their own and contribute to the project.
The challenge, called #AScarfForLewy, is a way of raising awareness and representing holistic support for people with Lewy body dementia – a condition that affects movement, thinking skills, mood, memory, and behavior.
Individual scarves will be distributed to homeless charities across the capital.
Dame Prue, TV hosts Anne Robinson and Paula Wilcox of Coronation Street supported with their own knitted donations as bystanders watched while the venue was given a new accessory.
Actress Susan Hampshire, who has starred on TV shows like The Pallisers and The Forsyte Saga, attended as the hall was enclosed, caring for her husband Eddie, who had been living in the apartment. this disease for 12 years until his death in 2021.
“This is a great project – not only is it a unique way to raise awareness about Lewy body dementia, but it also brings so many people together through knitting,” Hampshire said.
“I know firsthand how challenging it can be to care for someone with dementia, so it was great to talk to other caregivers on that day.”
Biggins, 73, also helped to wrap the scarf around the Royal Albert Hall.
It is estimated that around 100,000 people in the UK have Lewy body dementia, a condition which the chief executive of The Lewy Body Society says is “often misdiagnosed”.
Jacqui Cannon said: “We are incredibly grateful to Prue and her fellow celebrities for their contributions, as well as to all the knitters across the country and internationally who have contributed. donate needles in favor of A Scarf for Lewy.
“We were blown away by the support and the finished product, which gave Royal Albert Hall a big hug of its own.
“The purpose of the scarf is to showcase the great amount of support we can offer to people living with Lewy body dementia and their families, as it is often misdiagnosed and underserved by enough people. know about it.
“We hope more people will become aware of the condition and show their support to the families affected by this illness through this unique event.”
https://www.independent.ie/world-news/and-finally/christopher-biggins-among-stars-wrapping-royal-albert-hall-in-mile-long-scarf-42068594.html Christopher Biggins among the stars wrapped in a kilometer long scarf