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Scarborough Alzheimer's Society Celebrates CD

Scarborough Alzheimer's Society Celebrates CD

Published by Jon Burke at 5:20pm 25th June 2019.

When Gail Hartley volunteered for a new singing group in Scarborough in 2012,  because ‘she could sing a bit and make a good cup of tea’, little did she know that she would be leading a hugely successful 50 strong group six years later. 

‘Singing for the Brain’ provides a facilitated group session for people with dementia who can attend either alone or with their carer.  Based on the principles of music therapy and singing, the sessions promote social interaction and active participation. 

And at the Scarborough group, Gail said:

“This definitely comes with a large dose of laughter and fun as well as plenty of tea and cake!

The volunteers have encouraged and watched the group grow in size, confidence and ability over the years, to such an extent that I felt the wider public should have the opportunity to hear the group perform. So we have gone on to produce a CD of the group singing which has so far raised over £2,000 for Alzheimer’s Society."

Services Manager at Alzheimer’s Society in Scarborough, Louise Morgan, said:

“Gail, Adele, Denise, Janet, Joan, Anne, Tim, Molly, Pauline and Nancy are the heart and soul of this fabulous group. Without their support a lot of people affected by dementia would miss out on the highlight of their week. They really are stars and Alzheimer’s Society is so grateful for everything they do!”

Members of the group are both excited and proud of the CD that has been produced and love attending the weekly group. 

One carer said:

“I haven’t heard my mum speak properly for a couple of months, but she sings every word at the group leaving me stunned!”

Gail said:

“Listening to the group, I just felt I needed to share the joy of their singing and wanted others to hear what the group has achieved. I really wanted their friends and family as well as the general public to share this wonderful experience”.

Gail has received support from Rotary Club of Scarborough Cavaliers and Rotary Club of Aalten-Wisch Netherlands, Scarborough TEC, Bill Mustoe and NAP Music Studio and many kind individuals who have given time and money to produce the CD.   ‘Musical Memories’ consists of 20 recordings of songs that the group regularly sing during their Singing for the Brain sessions. 

Scarborough Singing for the Brain takes place every Wednesday, 1.30-3pm at South Cliff Methodist Church. 

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