Vicky: I’m form­ing a de­men­tia suf­fer­ers choir to ease ill­ness

Daily Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - SQUARE EYES -

VICKY Mcclure is to tell the in­tensely per­sonal story of how mu­sic helped her beloved gran bat­tle se­vere de­men­tia.

The Bafta-win­ning star of Line of Duty and This Is Eng­land be­lieves her heart­break­ing ex­pe­ri­ences will help oth­ers tackle the dis­ease.

The ac­tress’s nan, Iris, died of de­men­tia in 2015.

Vicky said: “Iris was an ex­tremely no-non­sense kind of woman and very hard-work­ing, lovely lady.

“She was di­ag­nosed with de­men­tia about five years ago.

“She had a scream, it went on for such a long time and it was horrible.

“It must have been hor­rific for her, but all she would do all day was scream and it was re­ally dis­tress­ing. The only time we found we were on the same page is when we were sing­ing a song.

“Some­times it would be a nurs­ery rhyme, or some­thing like Doris Day.

“And she light­ened up and she was happy and could join in. It was a great dis­cov­ery.

“Even if we were sing­ing around her and she wasn’t join­ing in she was calm and she wasn’t scream­ing, she was quite peace­ful.”

Not­ting­ham-born Vicky, 35, will front a two-part doc­u­men­tary in au­tumn look­ing at the re­la­tion­ship be­tween de­men­tia and mu­sic. And she re­vealed she will form a choir of up to 17 de­men­tia suf­fer­ers so they can ben­e­fit from the mu­sic.

Sci­ence backs her be­lief it can im­prove the mood of some de­men­tia suf­fer­ers. She will take an MRI scan and look into why mu­sic helps when film­ing be­gins next week.

Speak­ing at the Sh­effield Doc­u­men­tary Fes­ti­val, Vicky added: “This project is an ed­u­ca­tion piece and a beau­ti­ful story.

“I hope some­one might get some­thing from it. It might make some­one’s life eas­ier, peo­ple might re­alise how pow­er­ful mu­sic is. My nana is go­ing to leave a legacy now and I am re­ally proud of her for that.”

Vicky Mcclure: My De­men­tia Choir will be on BBC1 in au­tumn.

FAM­ILY STORY Gran Iris, left, with star Vicky

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