CHRISTMAS NUMBER ONE WITH NEW FUNDRAISING SINGLE
Link to the single
We are an East Sussex charity hoping to be having a simply wonderful Christmas time, as we eye a Christmas number one spot for our fundraising single. We are asking everyone to buy a copy, to help our charity continue its crucial work in the community.
We recorded the original composition - called Sweet Singing in the Choir – a few weeks ago to raise much needed funds, as well as hopefully a few spirits! The song was written by Graham Slack, son of the charity’s founder, the late Cliff Slack, of Icklesham.
Dementia Support East Sussex is run by Principal, Suzanne Procter from Hove and Vice Principal Helen Snow from Rottingdean. The charity offers free interactive singing, movement and craft sessions to those living with dementia and their carers, across East Sussex.
Suzanne says: “2020 has been a tremendously difficult year for everyone but particularly for our service users, many of whom have been isolated from friends and family. We’ve had to move our sessions online to help them continue to benefit from the amazing power of music and song. We also managed to deliver many garden singing sessions during the summer which went down a storm. Graham had the idea of creating this upbeat song to help remind people of the power of music and singing to help us all through tough times, and raise money for our charity – which brings the power of music to those living with dementia – in the process.”
Helen – who also has the claim to fame as being the soprano on the version of Silent Night featured in blockbuster movie Love Actually – adds: “We would usually put on a huge Christmas concert for our service users but that won’t be possible this year. Instead, we decided to record and release this single, with all the proceeds going towards the work with do. We thought it would be a wonderful idea to include as many of the people connected to our organisation in the music video as possible, we even persuaded a couple of our trustees to join in. We would be so grateful if people could buy the single to help raise funds. It will mean we can offer even more free sessions for venues across East Sussex in the months ahead.”
About Dementia Support East Sussex
Dementia Support East Sussex offer interactive singing, movement and craft sessions to those living with dementia and their carers.
From small beginnings in 2014 with two sessions per month at our dementia friendly ‘singing and friendship’ group in Bexhill we now complete at least 25-30 sessions each month (Pre-Covid) across East Sussex. We visit venues in Ditchling, Lewes, Peachaven, Newhaven, Eastbourne, Horam, Heathfield, Uckfield, Wadhurst, Brighton, Hadlow Down, Hailsham and Bexhill.
We operate on a shoestring, make no charge for our sessions and believe our service should be free so that none are excluded. We have sustained our growth through the generosity of donations and small grant funding. We face increased running costs including volunteer travel expenses, purchasing props, ie. musical instruments, pom poms etc., advertising, website maintenance, zoom payments to name but a few.
We hope with more funding and support we will be able to continue to provide services to our current venues and extend these to more groups so more people with dementia and their carers can benefit from the power of music and singing.
Sweet Singing in the Choir: Single Credits
Lyrics by Dan Griffiths
Music by Graham Slack
Lead & Harmony vocals - Suzanne Procter & Helen Snow
Harmony Vocals - Dan Griffiths, Cooper Snow & Hadlee Snow
Electric & Acoustic Guitars - Dan Griffiths
Piano & Keyboards - Graham Slack
Trumpet - Kevin Jenner
Tenor Horn - Michelle Jenner
Oboe - Martin Bailey-Wood
Video Director and Editor - James Weisz
With a huge thanks to all who appeared in our video Caitlin Cheal, Zoe Cheal, Cooper Snow, Hadlee Snow, Joan and Vincent Procter, Cath and Alan Bunyan, Sue Wren, Alan and June Hustwayte, Sarah Withey and her brownies, Madeline and John Bustard, Anita Ashton, Gladys All Over, Ann and Graham Walsh, Patricia Kilby, Father Dan of St Andrews Church, Hove for use of the church hall, Greg Ashton and the Snow Machine!
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