I had to give up singing professionally when my lung was damaged through radio and chemo therapy. I decided to give back by forming a community choir. I now run three choirs totalling over 100 people. They have all discovered the joys of singing together, with many friendships being formed, and a good support network now exists.
Having watched “Our Dementia Choir” on BBC1 recently, I was amazed to discover the huge benefits that singing has for people with dementia, and decided to set one up in our locality, which can be rolled out to other areas.
Dozens of my current choir members have offered to become “choir buddies” and assist the potential new members of our “Dementia Voices Choir”, thus enabling them to cope with the process of reading lyrics, learning simple harmonies and singing to a backing.
In order to set this project up, I need to purchase a projector, so that choir members do not have to cope with sheets of lyrics. Additionally, an amplifier will be purchased to play backing tracks, with the remainder of the initial funding being for choir t shirts, stationery, venue hire and marketing.
I intend to put in a concert featuring the Dementia Choir Members, with ticket purchase profits going to Dementia UK to further their research. This will also give the singers a sense of pride and fulfilment.