Dementia Awareness Day

  Dementia Awareness day 2012

What a fantastic success, up to now we have raised nearly £3,000 for the Lewy Body Society and are a;lready planning next years event!!! Thank you to all concerned, here is the video from the day

Hello all, i have just come back from the Torbay Dementia Action Allince Meeting and found this is my E mail. These wonderful pepole are willing to donate £1 from every ticket sold to the Lewy Body society and contribute to making Dementia Awareness Day the best one yet, thank you so much MAXI WEEKENDS!! Will ALL MY FRIENDS please share this on thier walls and if you want to come and see the show… and make a weekend of it, it would be so cool to meet you all, Love, Norms and family xxxMaxi WeekendsSunday 6th May 2012
Club Rainbow, Torquay (Rainbow International Hotel)
Sounds of motown with Roy G Hemmings (Ex original Drifters member)
Tickets only £6 each with £1 donated to The Lewy Body’s Society from each ticket sold
Doors open @ 8.30pm
Buy tickets online by visiting
Limited number of tickets available so early booking advised

This was how Dementia Day was created on January 3rd 2011 and the story I wrote that started it all. It’s also the reason for this year’s Logo of a Star, for all of you who haven’t read this before, please enjoy

                                        NIGHT SKY OF HOPE

Hiya, where we live in Torquay we are quite fortunate as in we live in a nice flat in an old Victorian house. Because of this we have floor to ceiling windows in our front room so the views are quite clear. At night time this especially so and last night I found myself staring at the night sky.

Its complete blackness and enormity made me feel very humble and the more I thought about it the more I thought about how we look at dementia. The darkness and blackness descends without warning, with no sound, omitting most of the brightness of the day. It creeps up on us daily and there are no warning signs, no alarm bells or “Symptoms” as such, in the early stages of the night times and before you know it, it’s completely dark!! Does this sound familiar??

Mmm, very familiar to me, BUT!! (And as you know there is always a BUT with me LOL) when you look into this sheer darkness what also can you see?? What I saw last night was the shiniest star I have ever seen, maybe I am noticing more these days, some say you do when you’re really ill, but through all that darkness and density was this star, shining and twinkling in the depth of blackness like I had never seen before. Against all the odds, there it was, shining a light that started millions of years ago but still living on pulsating in the night sky.

Then, as I looked around, there was another, and another, and another!!!!! My heart skipped a beat and I felt as if I was an excited child all over again, WHY??? Because in my mind all these wonderful wonderful shining stars were rays of hope!! Each and every one of them held the hope and prayers of everybody who is touched by this awful illness, every single one of them was somebody who had the hope and faith that one day a cure would be found, and this was the universes way of saying HOLD ON!! A Cure is coming and coming soon!! Every star that shines so bright is the light of belief that we all hold on to so dear.

So the next time you take a look up, and stare at the wonderment of the universe, just give thanks, that all the lights you see will be shining so much brighter in the very near future.


Within 24hrs of posting this story, Cher from Wiltshire (on the poster) rang me and within twenty minutes “Dementia Awareness Day was born. That was on the 3rd Jan 2011, the first D.A.D day was celebrated on the 17th Sept last year. This year’s will be on 15th Sept.

A Reminder of last years Dementia Awareness Day 17th sept 2011,  A New Date For Your Diary, this years is on 15th Sept 2012

 Hiya all, this is a short film that whas shot on the day, in Torquay on dad day Sept 17th 2011, my dear friend Callum who did this for us , this was is first time doing anything like this, i think he has a future in films, what do you think,Please enjoy, we did LOL Best wishes, Norrms and family xx

This is a very short video of our day in Torquay on DAD day, please enjoy, xxxxxxxxx


BBC News 2011,  – Blogger Norman McNamara organises Dementia Awareness Day


Thank you so much JRF, best wishes, Norrms

Dear all – thought you might like to see my blog for UK Dementia Awareness Day (tomorrow) which has been posted on the Guardian website. . If anyone wanted to post a comment, that would be great!

Fuller version will be on JRF website tomorrow…

All best wishes


DEMENTIA AWARENESS DAY 15th September 2012

On Friday morning 27th Jan 2012 i will have the great pleasure of announcing which Charity will be benefiting from this years “Dementia Awareness Day”  I am so excited about this as its all starting to come together already and also this will be our second year, lessons were learned last year but i am happy to say they were all good ones !!! A “Just Giving Page” will be opened shortly after for all donation`s leading up to the day and on or after the day itself Sept 15th 2012. If you want to hold an event before the day itself to donate to the final total in September then please do. Dementia has no set time lines, then why should we ?? So, thinking caps on, and all suggestions welcome, come September i am hoping we will have smashed last years total of £2,233.28p. THANK YOU SO MUCH, Best wishes, Norrms and family xxxxxx

15th Sept 2012

It is with such pleasure that this year`s chosen Charity to benefit from this year’s Dementia Awareness Day or D.A.D day as we love to call it will be the

Lewy Body`s type Dementia is the second largest dementia known and yet very little is known about this particular strain. Hopefully whatever we raise will go towards not only raising awareness for this wonderful cause but will also help towards finding a cure. Please help by organising an event any time between now and Sept 15th (The Big day) Sponsored “ANYTHINGS” are always welcomed. A just giving page will be set up soon to make sure that every penny donated will go straight to the Lewy Body`s Society direct.

Last year we raised £2,233 28p for Dementia UK, this year, with an early start and events throughout the year leading up to the big day itself we should be able to beat this. If you are thinking of holding an event either in the coming months or on the day please contact the above links, or contact myself on
Thank you so much, very best wishes and here`s to the best year yet !!
Norrms and family

Dementia Aware Alliance  This is my new website

Launch Day

Well my friends its been quite a day beavering on the Computer announcing this years DAD day. The really nice thing about today was when Dementia UK , Last years chosen Charity have wished us well and promised to support the day all they can, THANK YOU Dementia UK .


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