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Hillmead pupils light up the Bishop's Stortford stage for people with dementia

Hillmead Primary School pupils filled the Rhodes auditorium with their angelic voices to showcase how music can improve the wellbeing of people with dementia.

Home Instead Senior Care, which looks after elderly people in their own homes across East Herts and Uttlesford, organised the choral extravaganza as part of BBC Music Day alongside Herts Musical Memories, which lays on stimulating sessions for people with dementia.

Around 35 audience members, which included several of Home Instead’s clients along with other members of the public, went along to see the show.

David Bassett, director and general manager at Home Instead East Herts & Uttlesford, said: “Those who attended the event had a great time and everyone really enjoyed themselves.

“It was a great afternoon seeing everyone singing and their faces light up.”

The event on Thursday, September 26, was the fifth time that the BBC had put on its UK-wide festival.

This year, the broadcaster kickstarted an initiative to help bring music to everyone living with dementia by 2020. To do so, it is working with all the major players in the field, including Alzheimer’s Society, Age UK, Dementia UK and NHS England.

“Music has a profound effect on people with dementia as it helps them recall happy memories,” said David.

“Many of our clients love singing with their care givers and this has a far-reaching impact on their wellbeing.”

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