I hope you’ll forgive me if I deviate from my usual fashion musings today. I just really want to give you a heads up about an absolutely fabulous event that will be taking place in Ireland & the UK in June – the Psoriasis Shout Out.
Those of you who are regular readers may remember that I attended this event two years ago, under its original guise of the Manchester Psoriasis Shout Out, where I had the pleasure of giving a talk and (even more excitingly) I had the chance to style and present a fashion show in the Trafford Centre. Fun with a capital F!
It was the most extraordinary week, which brought psoriasis out of the shadows and put it centre stage. Afterwards, when trying to describe the impact it had on patients, I wrote, “Because for the woman who said to me “I thought I was the only one”, it brought the comfort of knowing that she is not alone. For the sufferer who said “this is the first time in 20 years I've felt positive about psoriasis”, there is now the knowledge that he hasn't been forgotten. And for the patient who said “this has been the best day of my life” after hearing the talks, there was finally hope. And there must always be hope.”
And now, two years later, we’re doing it all again! Except this time, we’re going further afield to include Newcastle, London and Ireland in the week. Last weekend, I was in Manchester to attend a planning meeting. To give you a small taster of what to expect, here is a selection of patient ambassadors and dermatologists all getting their groove on for the dancing video (No, I’m not there … I DO NOT DANCE!)
I couldn’t resist this shot of Manchester Town Hall looking broodingly like a Harry Potter set!
So! For all of you living in the UK, you need to save the dates 18 – 24 June and keep an eye on the website, www.psoriasisshoutout.co.uk for updated details of venues and events. And my fellow Irish … save the dates, 22/23 June, when we’ll be shouting about psoriasis for two days in St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin. Again, you can check the website for details, but equally I will have constant updates here, on Facebook (come like the page here) and on Twitter (@flakyfashnista). Trust me people! If you have psoriasis, this is one event you don't want to miss – it’s going to be mega!
Back at the weekend, when I promise normal service will resume and it’ll be fashion as usual!