The Alzheimer’s Society is hosting a Christmas carol concert at Salford Cathedral, on December 4.

Danielle Freeman, community fundraiser for the charity, hopes the event will bring families dealing with dementia and the community together.

She said: “We’re incorporating Christmas and dementia into one lovely night.

“It can be a really hard time for people living with dementia, there’s a lot of isolation with this disease. We want to help as many people as possible as it’s not something people should be dealing with alone.”

Danielle understands the importance of events like this for families and people affected by dementia.

She said: “My nana passed away this time last year, so I know what it’s like for families going through that, it’s nice for them to have a nice light-hearted night, have a mince pie, have a glass of wine, or a cup of tea or whatever and get the festivities going.”

The cathedral choir will be performing alongside the Singing for the Brain Choir, which is made up of people with dementia and their carers.

“They showcase more of the dementia side, they are fantastic,” said Danielle.

The event has previously been held at Manchester cathedral. However this year Salford Cathedral is generously holding the service.

Danielle said: “They’ve been amazing throughout the process. The cathedral is stunning and beautiful inside. It’s an amazing venue for anything, but especially at Christmas time it makes you feel warm and Christmassy.”

Dementia is one of the biggest killers in the UK.

More than 850,000 people in the UK live with dementia, and last year the charity saw a 42 per cent increase between December and January of people contacting the services for help and advice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The doors open at 7pm and the carols begin at 7.30pm. Tickets are free for under 16s, £5 for 18-21-year olds, and £10 for adults. People living with dementia can attend with their carer for £12. There is a 10 per cent discount on tickets, until December 1. All proceeds go to the Alzheimer’s Society.

 

 

 

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