A DEMENTIA charity has been chosen by the BBC to help it celebrate its annual music day — which this year focuses on wellbeing.
Rotherham-based Lost Chord will host an afternoon tea dance at the Consort Suite in Thurcroft as part of BBC Music Day on Thursday, September 26.
Lost Chord provides vital interactive musical experiences for people living with dementia in care homes and day centres both across the region and nationally.
BBC Music Day is the UK-wide annual celebration of the power of music to change lives, with more than 1,000 events taking place across the UK, broadcast on TV, radio and online
The theme for this year’s day is a celebration of music and wellbeing — the power of music to inspire, to bring people together and make a positive impact.
“Everything that BBC Music Day is about is absolutely what Lost Chord is about too,” said Lost Chord chief executive Helena Muller.
“Let’s celebrate the fact that in 1999 we were probably the only organisation in the country to use music to help change the lives of those struggling with dementia.
“Over the past 20 years we have been able to demonstrate very clearly the power of music in reaching people whose lives have been badly affected by dementia.
“We are very proud to be part of BBC Music Day and want as many people as possible — both people with dementia and their carers, families and loved ones — to come along and join us for what we know will be a truly memorable occasion.”
With music from 2pm to 4pm by international cruise performers Melody Lane, the tea dance, which includes full afternoon tea, is free for people with dementia and their carers, with tickets at £5 for additional friends.
Tickets are available from the Lost Chord by calling on 01709 811160 or 0779 0649 305 or by visiting www.lost-chord.org.uk