The countdown to Christmas begins

Dementia-friendly festive singalong event at Lowther Pavilion, organised by Lytham's Holland House Surgery for people from local residential homes and led by the Fylde Ukelele Network.
Dementia-friendly festive singalong event at Lowther Pavilion, organised by Lytham's Holland House Surgery for people from local residential homes and led by the Fylde Ukelele Network.
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One hundred and twenty people from Fylde coast residential homes began their countdown to Christmas during a special sing-a-long at Lowther Pavilion.

The event, held a week last Thursday, was organised by staff from Holland House Surgery and members of their dedicated Patient Participation Group.

The event sold out within one week.

Karen Donley, Holland House Patient Participation Group member, said: “What a great afternoon it was, with so many Christmas songs, fun, laughter and dancing along to the Fylde Ukulele Network (FUN).

“It was amazing, there were 22 members of the ukulele band in full swing.”

Local shops and supermarkets supported the event with donations of food, drinks and raffle prizes.

Karen added: “This is the third event of its kind.

“Friends of Lowther and other local people who volunteered made the event so special.”

Doctor Nick Lowe opened the event and said he was “delighted to be asked to open the event.

“Our wish is for you all to be happy and we hope you all have a great afternoon.”

Dr Lowe then joined the ukulule band on stage singing along and playing his own ukulele.

He also played solo to some of the audience at their tables which brought lots of smiles.

One of the volunteers said: “This event is so special and so fulfilling.

“I would not miss it for the world.”