South Yorkshire dementia charity Lost Chord becomes the star of the show this weekend… thanks to BBC1’s National Lottery In it To Win It.
The charity provides interactive musical experiences for people with dementia in care homes and day centres across the region, and nationally has received vital grant aid from the National Lottery over the last nine years.
Now, during this Saturday evening’s Lottery show on BBC1 at 8.40pm, viewers will see presenter Chris Hollins visiting a Lost Chord session at the Ivanhoe Centre in Conisbrough where he sees acclaimed international soprano Deborah Norman in one of her regular performances for the charity.
Chris also danced with some of the dementia sufferers - giving them the benefit of his experience as a Strictly Come Dancing champion!
He also visits Lost Chord’s headquarters in Maltby, where he talks to chief executive Helena Muller about how the charity was founded in 1999, and the importance of continued public support.
“We are delighted In It To Win It decided to visit one of our sessions and see how music can touch the lives of people with dementia when all other forms of communication are failing,” said Helena.
“Lost Chord is now a highly successful award-winning charity, operating in more than 110 homes in South Yorkshire, North Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Coventry, London and Cardiff.
“Our National Lottery funding runs out at the end of March and the work we do can only be done if we continue to receive ongoing funding support coupled with the support of the public. So to appear on a Saturday evening show on BBC1 is a fabulous start to a new year of fundraising for us.”