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This year's World Rocks will be dedicated to the memory of Daisy Vest's dear Momma, Oma. Both Oma, Daisy and the family courageously fought dementia and the world is a better place through sharing posts from Days Eye Art to educate all. Rest In Peace dear Oma. 19-02-2023 Quote from Daisy: "Since the beginning of my caring for Mom I’ve been grateful to my friends with Lewy Body Dementia for considering us as family"

What is WRAD?

Rock Against Dementia began in the USA when Wayne Mesker and Michael Rossato-Bennett of the Alive Inside Foundation were promoting musical events, with the aim of fundraising for headphones to bring free music to residents of care homes. Music has been shown to be of huge benefit to those suffering with dementia. From that humble beginning a few years ago Wayne Mesker was contacted by Norms Mc Namara (Founder of Global Purple Angel dementia awareness campaign).

Norms asked if he could change it to WORLD Rocks Against Dementia, or WRAD as its now known, with the reason being the Purple Angel Campaign is known all around the world and it could turn a 1 country event into a Global event. Thankfully, Wayne agreed and the rest, as they say, is history!! World Rocks Against Dementia (WRAD ) has been taking place over the last nine years. In 2017 there were 76 events in 12 countries and in March 2018 there were 85 events taking place in 20 countries. 2019 saw 120 events worldwide. 2021 there was an all time record of 178 events! Some events took place in care homes and others were huge fundraising parties.  Ticketed events and raffles took place along with an on-line event staged by Dementia Alliance International. 2022 saw 147 events. Funds were raised for some of the big dementia charities but also for local Memory Cafes and other smaller voluntary efforts raising awareness of dementia. 2018 events were also in memory of Wayne Mesker (who sadly passed away in 2021) and also Glen Campbell; David Cassidy and Malcolm Young from AC/DC who all passed away with dementia in 2021


How does WRAD help?

Any kind of music – rock, country, western, classical or traditional and any funds raised can be used for a dementia project of choice. Music activates certain regions in the brain which are involved in movement, planning, attention, learning and memory. Music can release dopamine in the brain which lessens anxiety and improves mood. Music gives pleasure and brings back lost memories. It helps to boost the immune system and creates a feeling of wellbeing with good feelings which boost the immune system. It also allows people to recall personal memories and can relieve pain. When you enjoy your favourite music it can give all these benefits and more besides. Improved concentration levels allow people with dementia to “come alive inside”, speaking, singing along and smiling as they may not have done for a long time.

How can you get involved?

You can get involved by planning your own event or attending somebody elses! To find out more about WRAD, or post any details about your planned event, visit the WRAD Facebook page or email Norman McNamara Founder of Purple Angel.  [email protected] (please note the 2 rrs in Norrms)



Let us know what you plan! Contact Norm Mac [email protected]

1. Reflections CIC Debbie Deb Debz Hannon Cornwall, UK 2. Barton Baptist Memory Cafe Norm MacTorquay, UK 3. Top Town Memory Cafe, Cornwall. UK An afternoon with Johnny Inder 13th September 2023 4. Daisy Vest Oklahoma. USA 5. Jennifer Bolton Music from Birmingham, UK. 6. Marcia Burr Easy Qigong lesson. tba. 7. Fran Pannella Asbury Park, New Jersey. USA 8. Lorna McTavish Coulson Drumming events including an afternoon at Top Town Memory cafe in Camelford, Cornwall on 14th June! 9. Newquay Purple Angels at the British Legion 25th February, 2023 fundraising for dementia. Lynn Bartrip-Kay amazing fundraiser on Saturday February 25th with these awesome entertainers. MIKE FOX, BOW RIVER, TOM CARY & OFF the LIGHTS. TICKETS £5, contact Lynn. 10. Jenny Byers Isles of Scilly, Cornwall. 11. Kim Brown Naturetherapycic.com 12. Anchor Care Homes. 13. Lesley Fisher Dancing with Dementia. Sat 11th March Tombola and dementia information stall - fundraiser. 14. Myrna Norman: Our Purple Angel support group is attempting to have a Celebrations of our Purple Angels Support Group on June 10th. We are planning a small parade to our City Park. We will then have music, outdoor games, raffles, speakers, but mostly fun, fun and fun. 15. Diane Rowley, Eastwood Memory Cafe NG16 3BS and the Phoenix Singers; ECS Singers and Oldish Spice raising funds for the cafe 18th March at 2pm. 16.Gerald King with STAND album created by people living with dementia and launched 31st March. 17.Hellmut Wolf The new single "Perfect Timing" by Auspicious Records artists Groundstate will be on all digital Platforms May 31st. 18. Boneham Aged Care Services, Millicent, South Australia. Debbie Cavanagh. Country singer, cake stall and wear purple day. 19. Lee Stringfellow and Lisa from Care Concepts UK. BBQ and Music Day. 14th September. 20. Sue Mitchell, Anya Court, Rugby. Event in house September. 21. Rebecca Franklin, Seccombe Court Care Home, Adderbury, Oxon. September event raising funds for MP3 players. 22. Pacific Care, Paisley, Renfrewshire. Activities Stanley Park. Claire. September event. 23. Essington Manor Care Home. Denise Murphy. An afternoon of music from the lovely Beth of the Bluebird Bells and Cake and Coffee for a small fee.We are raising funds to purchase our own minibus to enable us to take our residents out more often. 1st September. 24. Sente-Mente - Letizia Espanoli Event to be advised in Italy!https://letiziaespanoli.com/sente-mente/ 25. Spelthorne Dementia Support. Jean Saunders 26. Aug 4th, Cross Park Home, Brixham a bbq for mp3 players. 27.Event in the Philippines October. Gims Phils Admin Group. Jiil Arsenal. 28. Kayleigh Phillips. Dementia Friendly Swansea. Events in September to raise awareness. Tba. 29.Bristol Dementia Action Alliance, silent disco 10-07-23 to celebrate our 10th birthday 30. Manor House Care Home, Birmingham. September event. 31. Helen Masters Stewart. Aveland Court Care Home, Torquay, Devon, UK Event with a singer in September. 32. Kent N Angelica Two Hippies with Bobby Wilson concert Thursday August 17 in support for Purple Angels Dementia Awareness..Thursday 6-9p for Bobby Wilson & The Chiclettes FREE Concert dedicated to #WRAD 33.Gloucester House Care Home, Lansdowne Road, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN13 3XU (Grensleeves Care) September event. 34. Harleston House Care Homes, 115 Park road, Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR32 4HX. (Greensleeves Care) September event. 35. Violeta Chorley-Vrac Organising and teaching a charity event Beach Yoga 🧘‍♀️ for Dementia on Saturday 19th August, Meadfoot Beach at 7am followed by a swim if you wish to do so. The charity close to my heart, as most of you know is The Purple Angel Dementia. Charge is purely by donation. 36. De-Lucy House in Diss Norfolk. (Greensleeves Care) September. 37.Tickford Abbey Care Home, Priory Street, Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire, MK16 9AJ September. (Greensleeves Care) 38. Kris Oughton Live music event at The Tower of Song, Pershore Road South, Kings Norton. 7.30 till late on 27th October fundraising for the Dorothy Terry House Extra Care Scheme, Redditch. 39. Sue Wiffen Was Norman Red Admiral View, Westbourne, Dorset. PRIVATE event not open to the public. 21st September. Music and fundraising. 40. Torkington House Creswick Road, Acton W3 9HF (Greensleeves Care) 41.Lavender Fields Care Home, High Street, Seal, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN15 0AE (Greensleeves Care) 42.Broadlands Oulton Broad, Lowestoft NR32 3PW (Greensleeves Care) 42. St Katharine’s Care Home, Ormond Road, Wantage, Oxfordshire 0X12 8EA Sept 28th 2pm In House Chapel - musical event. Seung Ping. 43. Harbour Care. Cromwell Court Nursing Home, Warrington, UK. "Harbour Rocks" September. 44.Whitegates Care Home, Whitegates, Westfield Lane, Westfield, Hastings, East Sussex, TN35 4SB (Greensleeves Care) 45.Rose Cottage School Road Broughton, Huntingdon PE28 3AT · (Greensleeves Care) 45.Rose Cottage School Road Broughton, Huntingdon PE28 3AT · (Greensleeves Care) 46.Henley House Care Home, 333 Henley Road., Ipswich, IP1 6TB (Greensleeves Care) 47.Clarendon Lodge Care Home, Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire, WD3 3JB (Greensleeves Care) 48. Ankit Shah A Silver Amore,Shire Road, Bhate Bunder, Uttan, Bhayandar, India, Maharashtra Date tba. 49. Harbour Healthcare: Ty Gwynno, Pontypridd, UK will be holding a musical Extravaganza, performing songs from our favourite movie Sister Act ! Fundraising for Purple Angel. Honor Keatley 50. Launceston Memory Cafe UK. Cym Downing 9th Sept. 51. Dementia Friendly Swansea turning the town purple. 20th to 22nd September. Harbour Rocks Tour: WEEK ONE: 4th Sept: 52.Devonshire House; 53.Elburton House; 5th Sept: 54. Belle Vue; 55. Oak Lodge; 56. Gotton Manor; 6th Sept: 57. Ty Erin. WEEK TWO: 11th Sept: 58. Hilltop Court; 59. Hilltop Hall; 60. Clumber House; 61. Peel Moat. 12th Sept: 62. Treetops Court; 63. Clement Court; 64.Bentley Manor. 13th Sept: 65. Kingswood Mount; 66. Kingswood Manor; 67.Madison Court; 68. The Old Vicarage. WEEK THREE: 18th Sept: 69. Bright Meadows; 70. Woodlands. 71. Debbie Cavanagh Residential home event: Country singer Kevin Sporer/dancing. Pony visit and purple dress. Raising funds for a new bus. 14th Sept.

EVENTS ALREADY TAKEN PLACE FOR 2022 BELOW and our 2022 Collage of posters

Anticipated events so far:
1)Fran Pannella WRAD22 “Jersey Shore Rocks Dementia” 25/3! Town Square at the Jersey Shore, 1930 Route 88, Suite 14, Brick. NJ08724. 7pm till 11. See poster.
2)Jean Saunders Spelthorne Dementia Support UK. September. Jubilee Centre, Manygate Lane, Shepperton, TW17 9EE. 6pm for 7. Tickets £15 by text to 07895 787579. Sadly cancelled due to Covid.
3)Norm Mac Barton Baptist Memory Cafe, Barton Baptist Church, Happaway Road, Barton Torbay TQ2 8EU. 21st May. Entertainment with Martyn Rollings. 1.30 – 3.30pm.
4)Jane Moore Camelford Top Town Memory Cafe Cornwall. 11th May. Entertainment by Mand Bennett
5)Marcia Burr details tba.
6) Pam Morgan Brunell I. Ponte Vedra Florida, USA. details tba.
7) Jennifer Bolton The Angels will Listen new video and album. Event Joe Joe Jims, Birmingham, 12th June raising funds for MP3 players.
😎 Dave Evans Dementia Aware Fest 15th Jan 2022. 3pm. The Gifford Arms, Wolverhampton. For Dementia UK
9) Dave Evans.Dementia Aware Fest. 5th June. Trillans Rock Bar, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK. 3pm For Dementia UK
10)Dave Evans Dementia Aware Fest 5th Nov 3pm. Brook Lane, Kings Heath, Birmingham. For Dementia UK.
11) Anastasia Lynn Western Pennsylvania, USA.
12) Gary Le Blanc 9th Alzheimer’s Music Fest from Dementia Spotlight Foundation 4th Feb 2022 Buckhead Theatre. Atlanta. GA.
13) Gary Le Blanc 9th Alzheimer’s Music Fest from Dementia Spotlight Foundation 2nd April, Skippers Smokehouse, Tampa, Florida.
14) Sarah A Harris: 22nd July. Manor House Care Home, Kingstanding, Birmingham.Online performance by the People’s Orchestra/People’s Show Choir through our interactive table 🎤🖥
15) Howard Gordon Deepness Dementia Radio WRAD22 sessions throughout the year.
16) Parkhaven Trust, Liverpool.
17) Orchard Care South West, Bideford, UK
18) Debbie Deb Debz Hannon Reflections CIC will be doing songs from the musicals this year highlighting Grease and the Wizard of Oz.
19) Spring House Care Home, Peter Tavy, Tavistock. UK
20) Newquay Purple Angels Ocxtober 15th Royak British Legion Club Newquay, 7 till late.
21) DAI event 17th18th May.
22) Purple Angel Philippines Gims AdminGroup Details tba.
23) Westbank Residential Home in Ross on Wye: Abba day on Tues 24th May & an Abba film night on Thursday 26th May.
24)Deepness Dementia Radio. Howard Gordon Karen Taylor The Ballard of the Dementia Activist. An lanntair about dementia activism in Scotland , Thursday 17th March at 6.30pm followed by Sophie Bankcroft- one of the song writers and Tom Lyne performing their music.
25) Sands Care Home, Morecambe, UK Hayley Payton
26) Heather Bryson. ‘Rather Regal’ Chair Exercise Extravaganza.
To celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee on Friday 27th May.The activities start on 1st May and include arts/crafts, exercise and health/wellbeing tasks.
27) Lorna McTavish Coulson 12th May. Dementia Drums and Drumming online from our drummery in Devon This event will be recorded for time zone issues.We meet at 7:00 PM UK time to connect with some morning Purple Angel groups in what is now known as USA and Canada.
28) Marcia Burr Zoom session so people can learn some easy fundamentals of Tai Chi that helps with fall prevention. https://www.facebook.com/EnergyisChi
29) Pinewood Nursing Home will be holding a small musical event on 31st March with the wonderful Alice Mayhead. A private event just for residents.
30) Bright Copper Kettles Caroline J Benham Red Lippy Day – the first Friday in May each year.A day for remembering the wonderful, glamorous, women that we have lost over the years due to dementia. Raising much needed funds for Bright Copper Kettles CIC. 6th May worldwide.
31) Lianne Hart and her Wild Swimming Fundraiser for “The Purple Angel – Dementia Awareness Campaign and Charity”
32) Kim Brown Nature Therapy Drumming, St Mary’s Hospital, Isle of Wight. 12th May.
33) Hellmut Wolf with thanks for all the musical postings throughout the year!
34) Enjoy Radio Alan Al Straughton Jean Straughton
35) Myrna Norman Memory Support Groups announce the IG Walk for Memories on May 28th in Spirit Square in Pitt Meadows. Registration at 9am- Walk at 10:00 am. Challenge your friends, make a donation, make a pledge, but mostly JOIN US.
36) Caz Jaydn Book royalties throughout April and May: Absent Without Leave – written by Caz re her father with dementia.
38)Tammy DeFazio New Port Richey, Florida, USA! “ROO runs for WRAD” Running 30 miles with her dog for WRAD22.
Refreshments and music to follow walk. If you can’t walk – show up anyway to offer support!
Call 604 477-9628 for information, to volunteer, and to show up.
39) Camelford Top Town Purple Angel Memory Cafe, Cornwall, UK 2nd event: 24th May – Indoor Jubilee Street Party 2-4pm
139) Heather and Deborah Bryson 100 care homes involved with the Jubilee May online exercise classes!
140) Bea Porup. We are holding a small World Rocks Against Dementia event on Thursday with a visit from Collywood Therapy Ponies. Bea Porup Activity coordinator,Kernow House,Landlake Road, Launceston,PL15 9HP
141) Cym Downing and Launceston memory Cafe celebrate WRAD22 with comedian and singer Johnny Cowling at Trethorne Leisure Centre, Cornwall.
142) Jennifer Bolton The Jam House, Wednesday 25th May, Acoustic Session. If any of you would like to come & show your support that would be amazing. This night is very important to me as not only do I get to perform on The Jam House stage but I will also be singing Memory & The Angels Will Listen (amongst others) LIVE for the first time ever!
The night starts at 7PM, it’s also FREE entry so don’t worry about paying on the door.
143) Wednesday 18th May, we have a terrific songstress Tania Rodd at Haviland House.Tania will take us on a trip down Memory Lane with songs from 1910’s, 20’s, 30’s 40’s to present day musicals.
Wellbeing Haviland.
144) Julie Hikaiti A party on the 28th May – WRAD get-together in Brisbane Australia.
145) David Precious plays Camelford Bandstand Music Evening 26th August.
146/7) Gims AdminGroup Rodel Enriquez: event 27th June plus another on 8th October. Phillippines. Jiil Arsenal