Having seen friends and family affected by dementia, Huddersfield charity fund-raiser and singer Norman Mellor decided that he could use his talents to support research into the condition.
Last year the Meltham man become one of the founders of the Alzheimer’s Research UK Huddersfield Support Group. This month the group will launch a series of musical concerts going into the summer months – all with the aim of raising both awareness and funds.
The first is on Friday, May 15, 7.15pm, at St Paul’s Church, Armitage Bridge, and will showcase singers Maggie Lowe, Julia Garbutt, Richard Cook and Gerry Wheatcroft, with Richard Cook and Norman himself, accompanied by Philip Baxter.
Norman, a member of Honley Male Voice Choir and past chairman, joined forces with friends Bryan Johnson, from Honley, and Alan Swift from Highburton, to form what is Yorkshire’s only support group dedicated to Alzheimer’s research.
At the moment around 25,000 people in West Yorkshire are living with dementia and numbers are set to rise. As Norman says: “It’s as prevalent as cancer, but there is no cure. We need more people to come forward to help our work.”
The group’s second fundraiser will be a musical evening at Farnley Tyas Church on Friday, June 5 – proceeds to be shared with the church – and in July the concert party will join forces with the Vintage brass band at Lower Common Farm in Almondbury.
Tickets for the May and June concerts are £6, payable on the door.
Anyone who would like to join the group should contact Norman on 01484 851060 or email email@example.com