Lost Chord celebrates a People’s Project victory!

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Lost Chord celebrates a People’s Project victory!

SOUTH Yorkshire dementia charity Lost Chord has something to sing about after being awarded almost £50,000 by the People’s Project!

The Big Lottery Fund, ITV and The National Lottery teamed up to give the UK public the chance to decide how £3 million of National Lottery funding could make a difference in their local area.

Lost Chord, the charity which provides vital interactive musical experiences for people living with dementia in care homes and day centres across the region and nationally, was one of five groups competing for a top award worth almost £50,000.

And thanks to the public’s vote, Lost Chord Chief Executive Helena Muller was presented with a cheque totalling £49,884.

“We at Lost Chord cannot thank you all enough for your support,” Helena said.

“It has made us realise just how important Lost Chord is to you all and it is also fantastic recognition of the work we do, with the support of our talented musicians and dedicated trustees and volunteers.

“At a time where social care is in crisis, people with dementia in residential homes and day centres need the support of Lost Chord more than ever.

“Our experience tells us that it is vital to keep the brain stimulated for as long as possible and clinical evidence shows that the power of live music has a significant impact on this.

“Anybody who has seen the effect that our young professional musicians have on people with dementia at our many events across the region every month will know just how important music is in reaching out to somebody who may have lost all other means of communicating with even their closest loved ones.”

“In real terms what this incredible award means is that over the next year we will be confident in being able to provide 50 musical sessions per month, meaning our musicians will be able to touch the lives of so many people living with dementia.

“I can only thank the many people across our region who understood how important our work is and how much this funding will mean to us and took the time out to go on line or fill in the postcard to vote for us – the victory is TRULY YOURS!!!”