Christopher Biggins amongst stars wrapping Royal Albert Corridor in mile-long scarf


Greater than 100 volunteers aided in placing the large scarf across the whole circumference of the live performance corridor in South Kensington, London, on Friday after The Lewy Physique Society appealed for folks from throughout the nation to select up their knitting needles and contribute to the mission.

The problem, named #AScarfForLewy, was a method of elevating consciousness and symbolising the wraparound assist out there for these residing with Lewy physique dementia – a situation which impacts motion, considering abilities, temper, reminiscence and behavior.

The person scarves are to be distributed to homeless charities throughout the capital.

Dame Prue, TV presenter Anne Robinson and Coronation Avenue’s Paula Wilcox gave their backing with their very own knitted contributions as bystanders watched on whereas the venue was given a brand new accent.

Actress Susan Hampshire, who has starred in TV exhibits corresponding to The Pallisers and The Forsyte Saga, attended because the corridor was wrapped, having cared for her husband Eddie who lived with the illness for 12 years till his dying in 2021.

“This was an exquisite mission – not solely was it a singular method of elevating consciousness of Lewy Physique dementia however introduced so many individuals collectively by way of knitting,” Hampshire stated.

“I do know first-hand how difficult it may be taking care of somebody with dementia, so it was great to talk to different carers on the day.”

Biggins, 73, additionally lent a serving to hand to wrap the headscarf across the Royal Albert Corridor.

It’s estimated that round 100,000 folks within the UK have Lewy physique dementia, a situation that The Lewy Physique Society’s chief govt stated is “usually misdiagnosed”.

Jacqui Cannon stated: “We’re extremely grateful to Prue and her fellow celebrities for his or her contributions, and to all of the knitters up and down the nation and internationally who’ve obtained out their needles in assist of A Scarf for Lewy.

“We’ve been blown away by the assist and the completed product, which has given the Royal Albert Corridor its personal large hug.

“The purpose of the headscarf is to showcase the large quantity of wraparound assist that we will provide these residing with Lewy physique dementia and their households, because it’s so usually misdiagnosed, and never sufficient folks learn about it.

“We hope extra folks will turn into conscious in regards to the situation and present their assist to households affected by the illness by way of this distinctive occasion.”

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