School caretaker Chris Green has been inspired by his mum to take on the challenge of the Great North Run to raise money for South Yorkshire dementia charity Lost Chord.
The 45-year-old, who lives in Broom, near Rotherham, will be joining more than 50,000 fellow runners for one of Britain’s most popular half marathons on September 11.
And every step he takes will be making a difference for the charity that provides vital interactive musical experiences for people living with dementia in care homes and day centres across the region and nationally.
Chris has seen for himself the powerful effects that Lost Chord sessions can have as his mum Joyce, who is 78, has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease.
She has attended Lost Chord sessions at Davies Court Care Home in Dinnington and the Dementia Cafe in Rotherham.
Chris said: “She just comes alive when she hears music.
“The condition is quite advanced and she doesn’t remember our names and things like that but if you put a piece of music on for her she knows every word.”
He is hoping that his place in the Great North Run will raise at least £500 for Lost Chord.
Chris added: “I’ve seen what music can do so I really do believe that we should do all we can to support Lost Chord.”
Helena Muller, chief executive of Lost Chord, said: “It is thanks to the enthusiasm and dedication of people like Chris that we are able to continue providing our services for people living with dementia across the region.
“For that work to continue, though, we need even more people like Chris to help us.
“There are many very simple and effective ways that you can raise money for Lost Chord and make a real difference so please do get in touch and let us help you to help us.”
To find out more about Lost Chord and how to get involved visit lost-chord.org.uk or ring the charity office on 01709 811160.