INTAKE Methodist Musical Society has marked its last performance with a special donation to South Yorkshire dementia charity Lost Chord.
The amateur theatre company was well known to generations of Sheffield theatregoers for its performances of the classic comic operettas of Gilbert and Sullivan.
But as the group’s membership aged and younger cast members proved hard to find a decision was taken to bring the curtain down on decades of performance.
And as a special gesture to Lost Chord, the charity that provides vital interactive musical experiences for people living with dementia in care homes and day centres across the region and nationally, the group made a final donation of £600.
“Some of our older members had or are now living with dementia so we have seen what this can do and we felt that as a musical group the best thing we could do was use some of our residual funds to support the fantastic work being done by this great charity,” said Intake secretary Gill Rugg.
“It’s not just that Lost Chord provides musical stimulation for people with dementia, it’s also that it is encouraging the next generation of musical talent, which is extremely important to us.
“That’s why we have also made donations to two local youth musical theatre companies, Splinters and Peak Youth, because they are really keeping the theatre tradition alive.”
Lost Chord Chief Executive Helena Muller commented: “We were delighted to receive such a generous gift from the Intake musicians – they understand fully the power of good music and the positive impact it can have.
“As we celebrate out 20th anniversary, they can be assured that this money will go a long way towards extending our programme of events in care homes across South Yorkshire.”