Herts Musical Memories, a charity based in Bushey, has welcomed a £25,000 cash boost to help people with dementia through music.
The money will enable the small charity to deliver singing sessions for people with dementia to support their wellbeing.
The grant was received from Music for Dementia’s £500,000 Paul & Nick Harvey Fund, which was set up specifically to directly support musical activities for people with dementia.
Herts Musical Memories plans to use the grant to help develop online sessions for people with dementia and their carers and get ready to return sessions to community halls this month.
Kerry Brabant, founder of Herts Musical Memories said: “The impact of the Pandemic was devastating, talking to our clients was heartbreaking as they struggled to cope.”
Grace Meadows, Programme Director, Music for Dementia, said: “We are so delighted to be able to support Herts Musical Memories. Musical services have been severely impacted in the last year, meaning many people living with dementia and their carers have lost those important connections and special moments that only music can provide.
“By directing the fund money towards community-based, musical services for people living with dementia and those that provide them, we are able to bring the joy of music into people’s lives wherever they are on their dementia journey.”
Kerry Brabant added: “The Paul and Nick Harvey Fund could not have come at a better time. The pandemic has shown to us just how important music is to people living with dementia.”
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