Group to hit streets in flashmob ‘concert’

Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell with the Singing for Brain group.
Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell with the Singing for Brain group.
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Staff and volunteers will be serenading shoppers as part of Dementia Awareness Week.

The Alzheimer’s Society’s North Shields Singing for the Brain group will be hitting the streets of the town centre on Monday, May 18, as a ‘flashmob’.

We hope passers-by will join us in a resounding rendition of ‘Zip-a-dee-doo-dah’ and other well-known songs

Fiona Swindell, a dementia support worker and organiser of the singing group

The group – which normally meet at St Columba’s Church in Northumberland Square – have been inspired by the week’s theme of ‘do something new’.

The singers will be in Northumberland Square from 2pm and will hand out information on dementia.

Fiona Swindell, a dementia support worker and organiser of the singing group, said: “As this year’s theme for Dementia Awareness week is ‘do something new’ I set about thinking of something the group members wouldn’t have done before and the idea of doing a flashmob came to me.

“We hope passers-by will join us in a resounding rendition of Zip-a-dee-doo-dah and other well-known songs.”

“We sing a variety of songs every Monday but we’ve never taken our singing out to a public place so it’s something new for us all this Dementia Awareness Week.”

Dementia Awareness Week runs from Sunday, May 17, to Saturday, May 23.

Throughout the week, North Tyneside will also be able to take advantage of a series of awareness-raising initiatives where there will be an opportunity to hear from staff about the services being offered by Alzheimer’s Society locally and for advice about the disease.

Alzheimer’s Society regional operations manager Hazel Cuthbertson said: “We strongly believe life doesn’t end when dementia begins and we do everything we can to help those living with dementia hold on to their lives and the things they love for longer.

“That is why we are encouraging people to ‘do something new’ during Dementia Awareness Week.

“By doing something new, we want to get people thinking about how it’s not only possible for someone with dementia to hold onto their life and the things they love for longer, they can continue to try new things and have new experiences, too.

“As the population ages, we all face the risk of one day developing dementia but with the right support people with the condition can continue to do the things to love and lots, lots more.”

For further details about Alzheimer’s Society services contact (0191) 298 3989.