Opera star lends her voice to de­men­tia cam­paign

Yorkshire Post - - NEWS -

SHE IS famed for her pride in her North­ern roots – and now opera singer Les­ley Gar­rett is lend­ing her voice, and her sup­port, to a na­tional cam­paign to raise aware­ness of de­men­tia and the pos­i­tive im­pact music can have on peo­ple liv­ing with the con­di­tion.

The ac­claimed so­prano, who is from Don­caster, is a pa­tron of Lost Chord, the Rother­ham-based char­ity that pro­vides mu­si­cal ex­pe­ri­ences for peo­ple with de­men­tia across the coun­try.

She joined the char­ity’s chief ex­ec­u­tive He­lena Muller at the House of Lords to launch a new re­port that has led to the cre­ation of an am­bas­sador for De­men­tia and Music to be cre­ated.

Ms Muller said: “This was a truly ex­cit­ing event and one that re­ally should help to high­light the fact that ev­ery­body from gov­ern­ment to lo­cal gov­ern­ment, the NHS, the care sys­tem and even peo­ple with de­men­tia them­selves and their sup­port­ers should be work­ing to­gether.

“Hav­ing Les­ley join us at the House of Lords was a great way of em­pha­sis­ing that Rother­ham and South York­shire are al­ready lead­ing the way in the pro­mo­tion of music as a way to sup­port and sus­tain peo­ple with de­men­tia.”

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