OPERA favourite Lesley Garrett has delivered a special late Christmas present to top South Yorkshire dementia charity Lost Chord.
The Doncaster Diva is a patron and keen supporter of Lost Chord, the charity that provides vital interactive musical sessions for people living with dementia in care homes and day centres across the region and nationally.
In December Lesley made a special BBC Radio 4 appeal from the BBC’s Broadcasting House on behalf of Lost Chord and its musicians.
And it has now been confirmed that the appeal – which was broadcast over the Christmas period – has raised £20,000 for the charity which is currently celebrating its 20th anniversary and which needs to raise £280,000 each year just to keep going.
“There is no cure for dementia and very little effective treatment,” said Lost Chord chief executive Helena Muller.
“It is the biggest challenge of the 21st century and only a tenth of the money spent on cancer research is spent on dementia.
“It is vital to keep the brain stimulated for as long as possible and clinical evidence indicates that the power of live music has a significant impact on this.
“As our musical sessions consistently demonstrate, music is one of the very few things that can reach out and touch the lives of people living with dementia.
“Now, thanks to the generosity of people throughout Britain who heard our Christmas appeal with Lesley we will be able to fund a further three months of events across South Yorkshire.
“Lesley is always determined to raise as much money as she can for people with dementia as she knows the true value of live music.”
To find out more about how Lost Chord visit www.lost-chord.org.uk