Dance for ADHD awareness

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Some of the dancers before their perfomance

Some of the dancers before their perfomance

Liverpool ADHD Foundation staged a flashmob with 100 dancers outside Lime Street station to raise awareness of the charity.

The charity believes  it is important for young people with ADHD to be able express themselves and for the condition to not be stigmatised.

The mass dance took place at Liverpool One, later on Church Street before arriving at Lime Street. It was performed by Air Beats and supported by Liverpool City Council and MD Productions.

CEO of Liverpool ADHD Foundation, Tony Lloyd, told JMU Journalism: “The idea arose from the youth board who were discussing how to raise awareness about ADHD in a positive way in an attempt to help de-stigmatise and also in a way that could be fun for young people to do.

“Liverpool City Council gave us an Arts and Culture Grant of £5000 and we recruited local artists MD Productions to do the choreography and rehearsals and Yaw at Urbeatz to put the music together.

The dancing was televised on BBC regional news and Tony believes the event was successful in raising awareness.

Comic Relief, one of four main funders for the charity, were impressed by the performance which included many dancers who have the disorder.

Steph Maguire from Comic Relief told JMU Journalism: “I was lucky enough to see the performances and was very impressed by the choreography and how hard the young people at the ADHD Foundation had obviously worked.

“It was a great way to raise awareness of something which is so often invisible and show the difference that Comic Relief funding is making to people’s lives across Merseyside.”

About Jess Etherington, JMU Journalism