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Dementia Choir

About the group

We have 2 drivers and 7 hikers.
We are all around 30 with young families and busy lives to the point where none of even regularly visit a gym, only one of us has ever done any serious hiking but that was over 15 years ago. The most we have managed until late is climbing a flight of stairs! We are training in and around the Peak District and doing what we can at home and the gym. We know this is going to be a big challenge but we are doing for our best friend and our local community.

Our fundraising page.

Fundraising for The Dementia Choir

In September 2017 our good friend Dan was diagnosed with Terminal Early Onset Alzheimers at the age of 30. This was devastating news for all those who know Dan, not least because he had just become the father of twins (who also have a 50% chance of having this hereditary form Alzheimers) but also because there is no cure or treatment. Knowing his own fate was sealed Dan and his wife Jordan set about raising awareness and funds for research to help the future generations.

Dan is the kindest, most thoughtful, hardworking and funny guy you could ever meet, to know him is to love him. The doctors could not say how long he has or how rapid the progression would be, two years on and Dan has tried many natural ways to boost his body and mind and is on all the medication he can take to help but nothing does, the one thing that consistently makes him happy each week is attending the dementia choir.

Recently, as you may have seen on BBC1(or can catch up on the iPlayer with my Dementia Choir with Vicky McClure), that Dan has been taking part in the Dementia Choir. Dan has really enjoyed his time working with the team leading the choir and also getting to share some time with other people going through similar experiences with other forms of Dementia. He has made lots of new friends through the the choir, including Vicky McClure. This has been a great escape for Dan and something he looks forward to every week.

£3000 keeps the choir going for 20 weeks, this covers room hire, teas and coffees for the people who attend and taxis for everyone to be able to get to and from the session. Our aim is to raise as much funds as possible to keep the Choir going for at least another year. That’s another year of smiles and singing that brought these people together, another year of being able to reach new people to join the fight and another year of knowing that our friend has somewhere he can go and share experiences with other people going through such difficult times.

The choir not only helps Dan but has over 20 other regular members, it is a much needed escape for them, brings them joy and brings their families together where they can talk with people in similar situations. This money is going to help the people fighting Dementia in all forms RIGHT NOW, research for the future is vitally important however it will not help the people fighting Dementia at this moment, but that does not mean nothing can be done. Medicine may not be able to help them, but therapeutic sessions such as this can. Please help to support us to support Dan and others who attend the Dementia Choir however you can!

Homepage of The Dementia Choir.

Challenge registration number: 231221

This challenge took place on Saturday, 20 July, 2019.

Time completed: 23 hours 44 minutes.

Dementia Choir | National Three Peaks Challenge

About the ​ National Three Peaks Challenge

The National Three Peaks Challenge takes in the highest mountains in Scotland, England and Wales, often in 24 hours.

Participants

  • Stuart Robinson
  • Matthew Moult
  • Thomas Wagg
  • Anton Lapinski
  • Jonathan Walton
  • Sean Barraclough
  • Luke Jordan