New home is music to Lost Chord's ears

AN innovative South Yorkshire charity which uses music to connect with dementia sufferers has moved to a bigger base as demand for its unique services continues to grow.

Lost Chord, which provides professional musicians to play interactive concerts in care homes and day centres across the region and beyond, has started the year with a move to the Wesley Centre in Blyth Road, Maltby, Rotherham.

Chief executive, Helena Muller, said: "Lost Chord is becoming so successful we have considerably outgrown our previous premises.

"We are delighted to be able to announce this move, which gives us so much more space and facilities. As well as providing meeting rooms to run training sessions, hold trustees meetings and for us to meet our many volunteers and supporters."

The charity's High Notes appeal aims to raise 103,000 towards annual running costs of 200,000.

An open day at its new home on February 14, 11am-noon, will give the public the chance to explore the new premises and find out how they can get involved in the charity's work.

Helena added: "We are always looking for volunteers who are willing to help with our programme of musical events but we also need people to help us by raising extra funds for us.

"There are so many ways this can be achieved and if you come along on February 14 you'll be able to talk to myself and Lost Chord fundraising manager Tina Harrison about the many things you could do to ensure Lost Chord's future growth and success.

"Professionally-trained musicians provide almost 900 Lost Chord concerts each year, operating in more than 80 care homes and stimulating some extraordinary responses on every occasion.

"It is only with the public's continued support that this level of service can be maintained."

Information: 01709 811160.