Birmingham to unite in song this Christmas to beat dementia

Birmingham to unite in song this Christmas to beat dementia


A magical evening of songs and festive readings is being held in St Martin’s Church in the Bullring to raise vital funds for Alzheimer’s Society.


Carols at Christmas takes place at St Martin’s Church by the Bullring in central Birmingham on Friday 14 December to support the charity’s work, challenging perceptions, funding research and improving and providing care and support.


Dementia is now the UK’s biggest killer, with someone developing it every three minutes.


Highlights at the event will include musical performances from Eternal Taal Bhangra Drummers, Redditch Community Gospel Choir, Magic Voices Choir and Singing for the Brain. There will also be plenty of well-known, sing-along festive favourites that everyone can join in with.


The event will be ‘dementia-friendly’ with stewards on hand who have completed Dementia Friends information sessions and there will be clear signs in the venue to help people find their way around.


Carolyn McDonald, Community Fundraiser for Alzheimer’s Society in Birmingham, Solihull, Coventry and Warwickshire said: “In 2019, Alzheimer’s Society will be 40 years old. From 1979, we have been fighting to improve the lives of everyone affected by dementia.


“We could not have come this far without the fantastic support we enjoy, but there’s still a long way to go before we win the fight against dementia.


“Too many are facing the condition alone without adequate support. We urgently need to find a cure, improve care and offer help and understanding for people affected.


“Proceeds from the event will help Alzheimer’s Society to ensure people living with dementia get the support they need now, and contribute towards vital research to help future generations.”


Carolyn added: “Coming together for a good cause will hopefully ensure that, one day, countless families across the country will be spared the emotional traumas and pressures that those living with dementia at Christmas often experience.


“We’re hoping people will bring along the whole family to unite in song against dementia.”

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