A COUPLE turned their love of live music into a cause very special to them – hosting a fundraiser for charity in honour of a loved one.
Sharon Thompson, and her singer husband Neil, from Southport, recently held their Rock 4 Dementia event at Hangar 34 in Liverpool – more than a year after the pandemic delayed its original date.
Sharon and Neil raised £3,500 for national charity Dementia UK in honour of Sharon’s mum, Gladys, who had vascular dementia and sadly passed away last year.
Gladys lived with the condition for nine years.
It is caused by reduced blood flow to the brain and it affects around 150,000 people in the UK. Symptoms include memory loss, difficulty with understanding, concentration, mood and personality changes, and difficulty keeping balance.
The event featured performances from indie/punk band Pigshoes - which Neil is a singer in - as well as The Left Backs, The Extras and stand up poet Miles Hadfield.
During the pandemic they also held an online auction of specially-signed merchandise from The Undertones, Steve Diggle and Buzzcocks, the Skids, Hugh Cornwell, the Stereophonics and John Cooper Clarke.
Sharon said: “I’m proud to say my mum took every stage of her dementia in her stride and I know she would have been proud of the work we’ve done.
“Dementia UK helps provide Admiral Nurses to work alongside families and offers a huge amount of support.
“They can also provide guidance with the financial and legal issues plus will offer helpful advice of how to look after yourself as a carer.
“The funds raised from the event will be appreciated very much by Dementia UK and I can't thank all who took part enough, the bands, ticket holders, our sponsors Agilisys and everyone who simply donated.”
Sharon and Neil are now making plans for Rock 4 Dementia 2022. To add to their donations, go to https://is.gd/XxpA0S