South Yorkshire charity aims to scoop £50,000 lottery fund

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South Yorkshire dementia charity Lost Chord is in line for a major funding boost from the Big Lottery Fund’s People’s Projects campaign.

Lost Chord provides interactive musical experiences for people living with dementia in care homes and day centres across the region and nationally.

And it could receive grant aid of up to £50,000 from People’s Projects now the popular TV campaign has gone live.

Lost Chord is one of five groups competing for £50,000 of National Lottery funding in the People’s Projects competition. Voting opened at 9am on Monday at www.thepeoplesprojects.org.uk.

The Big Lottery Fund, ITV and The National Lottery have teamed up to give the UK public the chance to decide how £3 million of National Lottery funding will make a difference in their local area.

The three projects with the most public votes will receive grants of up to £50,000.

The runners up could also receive a discretionary award of up to £5,000 each.

Lost Chord, based at the Wesley Centre in Rotherham, is nominated in the ITV Yorkshire region.

They will showcase their work on Calendar South ITV Evening Regional News at 6pm tonight.

Helena Muller, Lost Chord’s founder and chief executive said: “At a time where social care is in crisis, people with dementia in residential homes and day centres need the support of Lost Chord more than ever.

“Our experience tells us that it is vital to keep the brain stimulated for as long as possible and clinical evidence shows that the power of live music has a significant impact on this.

“Please make a difference and show your support for one of the most forgotten and vulnerable groups in society by voting for Lost Chord.

“Simply to be on the Yorkshire shortlist for the People’s Projects is an incredible accolade and a great tribute to the many people who work so tirelessly to bring music into the lives of people living with dementia.”

Voting will close at noon on Monday, April 3.

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