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Wear the Lilac day

Wear the Lilac day

Posted on 03/04/2019

In 2007, Terry Pratchett was diagnosed with are rare form of early onset Alzheimer’s disease known as Posterior Cortical Atrophy.

Wear the Lilac Day began in 2008 with ‘Match It For Pratchett’, an unofficial fan initiative that called on Discworld readers to donate money for Alzheimer’s research and to wear lilacs on May 25th to promote awareness of the disease. The symbol and the date derive from a fictional event in Pratchett’s book Night Watch, which was published in 2002.

Sadly, Terry Pratchett died on 12 March 2015 at the age of 66. Wear the Lilac Day now appears to be evolving into a general commemoration of Sir Terry.

On the 25th May, St Georges will be commemorating Terry Pratchetts work and in recognition of Alzheimers Disease all our staff will be wearing a lilac buttonhole for the day and making a small donation to the Alzheimers Society.

All donations will be given to The Alzheimers Society.