Singalong concert raises £2k for Alzheimer’s

Singer Anne Nolan with a section of the audience
Singer Anne Nolan with a section of the audience

A singalong concert at Lowther Pavilion raised more than £2,000 for the Alzheimer’s Society.

The event, which featured performances from The Fylde Ukelele Network and Ansdell schoolgirl Imogen Hughes, was organised by staff at Lytham’s Holland House Surgery in support of the work of Dementia Friends.

The Fylde Ukelele Network Band

The Fylde Ukelele Network Band

Special guest was singer Anne Nolan, an ambassador of the Alzheimer’s Society who in 2008 became patron of the Blackpool and Wyre Branch of the Society.

While the Ukulele Network led the 300-strong audience, which included residents and carers from various local care homes, in a singalong to music from the 40s, 50s and 60s, 10-year-old Imogen revelled in her first appearance on the big stage, as she performed The White Cliffs of Dover and That’s What Friends Are For.

Event organisers Karen Donley, Dementia Friends champion, and Elaine Townsend of the Dementia Friends, said they were overwhelmed with the support received.

“It was a great night and our objectives – to have fun, raise awareness of dementia and raise funds for the Alzheimers Society – were achieved,” said Karen.

“One gentleman summed up the feeling when he told me; ’Since my diagnosis I have not smiled, but tonight I have found my smile again’.

“Lowther manager Roger McCann and his team worked hard to accommodate the evening with special dementia-friendly signage and lighting and the Friends of Lowther have all recently become Dementia Friends.

“A huge thank you to Heather Kynaston and the team at Holland House GP Practice, Sue Swire of the Alzheimer’s Society, and all the volunteers as well as the many companies which donated prizes for the raffle and for the generous donations and sponsorship.”

A closing speech was made by Dr Nick Lowe of Holland House and the audience was asked to tell people about the evening and support building a dementia-friendly community.