World Rocks against Dementia…from Torbay
A music event, started by a Torbay resident to raise awareness of dementia, has spread around the world to 30 cities in 15 countries, and produced a fundraising single in association with the Military Wives foundation.
The World Rocks Against Dementia (WRAD) event, which was organised by Norman ‘Norrms’ McNamara, was first held in Torbay in 2015 as a way of promoting understanding of life with the disease.
It proved such a success that similar events have been held this year in countries including Greece, Turkey, India, Australia, Canada and New Zealand, as well as in more than a dozen towns and cities across the UK.
Norrms, a resident of Sanctuary Group’s Dunboyne Court extra care scheme in the town and founder of the dementia awareness raising Purple Angel campaign, shared information with other organisers around the world through the Rock Against Dementia Facebook page.
Norrms said: “This has been 12 months of hard work to prepare for WRAD 2016 and it’s just amazing to see how many countries have got involved.
“At the Purple Angel, our main focus is about raising awareness of life with dementia, so by that measure, this year’s event has been an unqualified success.”
In keeping with the musical spirit of WRAD, Norrms has also been working with singer Rob Young and the Military Wives Foundation to produce a single chronicling life with dementia, titled Within My Mind.
Norrms first worked on the lyrics as a poem to wife Elaine about the highs and lows of his life with dementia, as well as his own personal hopes, later converting it into a full-length song.
He then made contact with the Military Wives Foundation and Young, a friend of five years, to produce the single.
Proceeds from the single will be split between the dementia awareness organisation Purple Angel and the Military Wives Foundation.