A 79-year-old with Alzheimer’s has shot to internet fame after his son began sharing videos of them singing together.
Simon McDermott said that his dad Ted’s memory has deteriorated after he was diagnosed with the disease in 2013 but singing “gets him back in the room”. And his voice will give you goosebumps.
He set up a Facebook page, The Songaminute Man, to post videos of his dad, who got the nickname because of how many songs he knows. Just check out their rendition of Quando Quando Quando.
They are also raising money for the Alzheimer’s Society – and after aiming for £1,000 for the charity, the page has now raised more than £42,000.
Simon wrote on the Just Giving page: “I’m fundraising for the Alzheimer’s Society because of the advice they’ve given us in the last few years. Without them we would have had very little idea or support about how to deal with even the basics of Dad’s condition.
“The more Alzheimer’s kicked in, the more Dad became violent – both physically and verbally – it was incredibly difficult to manage. And terrifying at times.”
He explains that his dad used to be a Butlins Redcoat and then travelled around singing in clubs around the country. After he got married and began working in a factory he continued to sing on the side.
He wrote: “In the last few years his memory has deteriorated a lot – often not recognising me as his son. Its a horrible illness. However, now when we’ve got him singing again he’s back in the room. It’s these moments that we treasure.
“The plan is to share as much of Dad’s singing as we can and hopefully it will help raise money to fund the work of the Alzheimer’s Society – more specifically to go towards paying for a person at the end of the phoneline to help other people like us.”