A COUPLE have turned their joy of live music into a cause very special to them – hosting a fundrasier for charity in honour of a loved one.
Sharon Thompson, and her singer husband Neil, are holding the Rock 4 Dementia event at Hangar 34 in Liverpool next month.
The venue will accommodate 500 people, and the pair have already sold half of the tickets!
Sharon, an advertising sales representative at the Champion, and Neil, deputy manager at Dunelm furnishing firm in Aintree, are aiming to raise at least £5,000 for national charity Dementia UK in honour of Sharon’s 83-year-old mum, Gladys, who has vascular dementia.
She was diagnosed with the condition nine years ago. It is caused by reduced blood flow to the brain and it affects around 150,000 people in the UK. Symptoms include difficulty with understanding, concentration, mood, personality changes, and difficulty keeping balance.
Sharon cared for her mum at home for many years, but her condition rapidly progressed around three years ago and she needed to move into a specialised 24 hour care environment.
The event, at 6pm on Saturday, March 28 will feature performances from indie bands Pigshoes - which Neil is a singer in - as well as The Left Backs and The Extras.
They will also be hosting an auction of specially-signed merchandise from the Undertones, Steve Diggle and Buzzcocks, the Skids, Hugh Cornwell, the Stereophonics and John Cooper Clarke. For footy fans, there will also be a signed Everton Football Club ball and Liverpool FC merchandise.
Sharon said: “I’m proud to say my mum has taken every stage of her dementia in her stride. Now beginning the final stages of the condition, she has trouble speaking and swallowing. She is now bed-bound, but can still muster a beautiful smile for those she loves.
“It’s a heartbreaking time for the family so we've decided to do something positive and arrange this event to give something back for the support we have from various support networks, including Dementia UK’s website for advice many times whilst researching the condition, so I chose them as our charity to benefit from the proceeds.
“Dementia UK offers a huge amount of support and advice to families and they can also help with the financial and legal issues plus will offer helpful advice of how to look after yourself as a carer.”
Tickets are £10. Call Sharon on 07763657468, or email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit rock4dementia.uk