Generous donation for North Lincolnshire dementia choir

A North Lincolnshire choir for people with dementia and their families has received a generous donation from the Masons Industry Lodge in Scunthorpe.

The Togetherness Choir which is run voluntarily by staff from Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH) was presented with £750 from the Masons Industry Lodge’s Benevolent Fund.

The choir was set up five years ago by Tracey Gouldthorp, an RDaSH Community Mental Health Nurse, and Janet Riggall, retired Occupational Therapist, due to their interest in the benefits of singing in groups for people with dementia.

Tracey Gouldthorp said: “Thank you very much to the Scunthorpe Mason’s Industry Lodge for this very generous donation to the choir.  It will help sustain the group for another year as we are reliant upon donations to continue. We sing a wide variety of songs from across the decades which people remember from their younger years and from key moments in their lives.  Songs range from the White Cliffs of Dover to ABBA’s Dancing Queen.

“Singing helps people to reminisce, reduces agitation, improves mood, can aid sleep and even aid a person’s ability to communicate when they sometimes have difficulty speaking.  The Togetherness Choir provides the opportunity to spend quality time with their family and friends while reducing isolation and loneliness.  This donation will support the choir to continue into the future.”

The cheque was presented to Tracey at Berkeley House in Scunthorpe by the Industry Lodge’s Secretary Les Brewer and Dave Dowell, the Worshipful Master of the Lodge.

The Togetherness Choir meets each Thursday between 6.00 and 7.30pm at Alvingham Road Hub, with the first hour spent singing in a relaxed friendly environment followed by refreshments.

If you know someone who is living with dementia and would like to join the choir with their family/friends please contact Tracey on tracey.gouldthorp@nhs.net

Pictured (left to right): Les Brewer, Secretary; Dave Dowell, Worshipful Master of the Industry Lodge; and Tracey Gouldthorp, Community Mental Health Nurse / Togetherness Choir organiser

Pictured (left to right): Les Brewer, Secretary; Dave Dowell, Worshipful Master of the Industry Lodge; and Tracey Gouldthorp, Community Mental Health Nurse / Togetherness Choir organiser