A personalised children’s book about dementia, created by a Scottish couple and believed to be the first of its kind in the world – has been shortlisted for a top award.
The Ally Bally Bee Project, created by Edinburgh couple Matthew Adams and Nina Aikas with their two-year-old daughter Lana, is up for The Social Enterprise Awards Scotland 2017.
The book which is available to buy online after a Kickstarter campaign raised £10,000 earlier this year, was launched with the aim of easing distress for children and families affected by dementia while also raising money for charities, such as Alzheimer Scotland.
Adams said the idea for the project arose three years ago when his wife’s grandmother, who lived in Finland, was diagnosed in her 90s.
He said: “My wife was pregnant with Lana and her granny had dementia. As I was due to become a parent I was aware of the difficulty the adults in the family had making sense of how Nina’s granny had been acting.
“It got me thinking if it’s difficult for us as adults and family to comprehend, how would I explain it to my child?
“There’s 47 million people in the world living with dementia so there’s obviously a lot of children and grandchildren, whose parents have had to go through that process and that led me to explore what resources are available.
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