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Charity golf day for Vicky McClure’s Our Dementia Choir

Members of the East Midlands business community are coming together for the annual CAPs (construction and property) charity golf day.

The event takes place on Thursday 29 September at Springwater Golf Club in Calverton, in support of Our Dementia Choir.

Our Dementia Choir was formed by actress Vicky McClure in 2019, as part of a BBC documentary, as she set out on a journey to discover the true extent of music’s power of combatting dementia – following the death of her grandmother in 2015, who suffered with the condition.

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Vicky formed the choir, which is made up of those living with dementia, in her hometown of Nottingham and supports them through singing and musical activities to provide a calm, engaging and friendly space for the community.

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She was also previously a patron for CAPs’ chosen charity in 2021, Switch Up, which is run by British boxing coach, Marcellus Baz BEM, and provides mentoring and physical training to engage young people in positive activity. Four of Switch Up’s young people will be volunteering at the charity golf day this year.

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Businesses such as Morgan Sindall, Wilmott Dixon and John Pye will be in attendance, with Blueprint Interiors, Jennie Holland PR, Influence Landscape Planning & Design, 200 Degrees Coffee, Pygott and Crone, GT3 Architects, and Hexa Consulting sponsoring the event.

Coastal Distillery, a Lincolnshire-based and family-run business that makes a range of artisan spirits including gins, vodkas and liqueurs, has donated the refreshments at the halfway house. All monies raised from drinks sales will go to the charity.

Following the end of play on the course, Our Dementia Choir will be performing to the players, before the prize presentations.

CAPs, which was founded in 2017 by John Tansur, client services director at Knights, and David Ford, director at Gleeds, has so far raised a total of £30,000 through a number of fundraising events, with further plans to host a black-tie dinner “with a twist” in February and a sports and Ladies Day in June next year.

John Tansur said: “We are really looking forward to the return of another CAPs golf day – this will be our sixth year. When David and I first set up CAPs, we wanted to create an event for the construction and property sector that would be fun and more importantly raise much-needed funds for charities.

“We are confident this year’s event will raise in excess of £7,000 for Our Dementia Choir, which is fantastic. We felt that people are unclear about how they can support those affected by dementia and by raising much needed funds and awareness of the charity via the golf day, this will help to get the message out there.”

David Ford added: “CAPs couldn’t go ahead without everyone getting involved to make it happen and we are incredibly grateful for their generosity. The choir is such a deserving and worthwhile cause, and we are so looking forward to their performance on the day. It will be great to see so many from the construction and property sector socialising and networking!”

Karen Bonser, charity manager of Our Dementia Choir said: “We are simply over the moon that Our Dementia Choir has been chosen as CAPs’ charity this year. In whatever way, we want to raise the profile of dementia across all communities and show that music can really make a massive difference.

“The funding raised from this event will enable the choir to reach out to many more people living with dementia and their families, as well as ensuring current members get access to this wonderful resource. We need about £40,000 per year to run effectively and professionally with the correct, professional support choir members and their families need, so this funding will go a long way; it will ensure the choir’s sustainability and ability to reach out to more people living with dementia in the Nottingham area.

“We are really looking forward to the day and can guarantee that everyone at CAPs will be touched by the choir’s performance.”

To find out more information about Our Dementia Choir and how to support them, visit: https://www.ourdementiachoir.com/.

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