Star joins the health chorus

Anne Nolan, second from left, with members of Singing for the Brain.

Anne Nolan, second from left, with members of Singing for the Brain.

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A SINGING group designed to help dementia sufferers has hit a high note after scoring celebrity backing.

The group, called Singing for The Brain, was set up by the Alzheimer’s Society and is run from the Langdales Hotel, on Clifton Drive North, St Annes.

It was officially launched by former Nolan Sisters star Anne Nolan.

She said: “When I saw how amazing it was for them I just lost myself in it really, it was fabulous.”

The group meets at the hotel every Monday morning.

Grace Dyke, dementia support manager at Alzheimer’s Society in Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre, said: “There are more than 5,200 people living with dementia in North Lancashire and that number is rising all the time.

“Services like this are vital to ensure people with dementia are supported to live well with the condition.

“We’re always on the look-out for volunteers to help with Singing for the Brain and the other Alzheimer’s Society services available in Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre.

“We are eager to hear from volunteers who are keen to make a difference.”

County Coun Carolyn Evans, Lancashire County Council’s disability champion, explained: “As one in three people over the age of 65 will die with dementia, we can’t underestimate the importance of initiatives like this which are designed to help people to stimulate their memory.

“We are delighted to be working with the Alzheimer’s Society on the development of this initiative.

“Despite only starting in October, the group has been a huge success.

“Those attending have experienced many positive benefits such as building friendships, gaining support and experiences.”

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