This was the first time I’ve had a stand at this Show and it was absolutely amazing! I couldn’t believe all the positive comments and feedback. It was very reassuring after all the hard work that got us this far. We were much busier than expected so luckily had my son Alec and husband Julian both working flat out. Other friends came to help on different days – there is no way I could have coped without them.
We had one copy of Call to mind… on the stand for people to see how it works and we had two tables set out for others to sit for longer and play the game. One of these was a prototype of a New 1960s version. Someone obviously liked it very much as it was stolen from our stand after the show had officially closed at the end of the first day. Unbelievable!!!
I also had on show for the first time ‘The 1966 Wall of Recall’. This is a series of 8 pull-up banners featuring various aspects of life in 1966. Each focusses on one topic, Music; Fashion; Table Tennis; Comics & Mags; News; Adverts; Sport; Films &TV. It was really gratifying seeing peoples’ memories jogged as they spent time looking at these.
The first day was mainly professionals and we were so overwhelmed, we ran out of Flyers and business cards. Luckily two other stands displayed Call to mind… very prominently, so people were often heard saying “There’s that game again”. The second day was mainly individuals looking for solutions to help with caring for their loved one. The whole place was really buzzing with talks, many stands and Table Tennis. The BAT Foundation had two adapted tables and a team on hand showing the value that people with dementia get from playing this game.
Next year there will be two shows – one in London and another in Manchester, so I’m already looking forward to those and will be prepared with more flyers this time.