Upminster crematorium raises £8,000 for Singing for the Brain

Published: Friday, 24 May 2019

South Essex Crematorium raises £8,000 for Alzheimer's Society.

South Essex Crematorium presents the deputy mayor and Alzheimer's Society with £8,000
Deputy Mayor John Mylod, receives £8,000 from South Essex Crematorium on behalf of Alzheimer's Society, with Councillor Viddy Persaud, left.

Havering’s new deputy mayor Councillor John Mylod has presented Alzheimer’s Society with £8,000 raised by South Essex Crematorium’s specialised metals recycling scheme.

The money will support Alzheimer’s Society’s ‘Singing for the Brain’, in which trained facilitators deliver a varied programme of vocal, rhythmic and gentle physical exercise and dance, along with songs from different eras and styles.

The Deputy Mayor said:

“Singing and music can have a positive and powerful impact on people living with dementia, as shown in the recent BBC programme, “Our Dementia Choir,” with Vicky McClure.  

“We are proud to have groups in both Gidea Park and Harold Wood and are immensely grateful to the families whose generosity has ensured that this valuable service to residents will continue.”

Robyn Carlson, Alzheimer’s Society Community Fundraiser, said:

“We are extremely grateful to South Essex Crematorium for their generous donation to Alzheimer's Society.

“There are 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK, 3,493 of that number are from Havering. People’s generosity and fundraising help us support people to live well today and fight for a world without dementia tomorrow.”

The specialised metals recycling scheme operates with the permission of families to allow metals to be recycled following a cremation.

To find out more about dementia services and support available in Havering, please contact 01708 739293, havering@alzheimers.org.uk or visit the Alzheimer's Society local support page.