A group of singers with Parkinson’s Disease were forced to pull out of a charity concert due to a lack of gritting on side roads in Sheffield.
The Steel City Tremorloes had been due to attend the Sheffield Folk Sing in aid of the Alzheimers and Dementia Society and Parkinsons UK.
But due to the icy conditions on and around Crookes WMC on Mulehouse Road, where the concert took place, they were unable to.
Val Civico, who organised the concert because she suffers from Parkinson’s Disease and her husband has dementia, said: “When I arrived to set up the room, the conditions were dire.
“As a Parkinsons sufferer myself, walking on icy snowy surfaces is the worst situation to be in. For my husband, who has dementia, it was impossible.”
Luckily, the concert was still able to go ahead with some 300 guests enjoying performances from acts including Roy Bailey, Dave Deighton and Dave Burland. Some £4,000 was raised for the two charities at the concert, on January 30.
Coun Jayne Dunn, cabinet member for streetscene, said: “I am pleased to hear that the charity folk concert was a success and so much was raised for such worthwhile charities.
“Mulehouse Road, where the concert was held, is not classed as a primary or secondary route and whilst we appreciate the importance of the concert, we were not able to prioritise it over requests from the emergency services.
“There are a number of grit bins on the street and it would be fantastic if local people could step in to assist less-able members of their community in these types of circumstances.”
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