A special party has been held to mark the first anniversary of a Burnham-On-Sea musical activity group for people living with Dementia called ‘Music for the Memory’.

Music For The Memory is an independent group, not a charity, with more than 60 members.

It is a local independent self-funding, not-for-profit group run by dedicated volunteers.

The group enables people living with Dementia or memory loss to meet in a relaxed, non-medical environment, to perform a variety of musical based activities.

“We are delighted to have reached our first birthday,” said spokeswoman Julie Skinner. “At the beginning we wondered if we would get there, but we have achieved our goal thanks to the generosity of local donations, and of course our fabulous volunteers.”

“We celebrated this momentous occasion by having a party, with some ‘surprise’ entertainment for our members and guests provided by local magician Richard Ballinger.”

“He worked with Celia Smith, our resident facilitator, to arrange a programme which included musical activities.”

“We would like to thank all the local organisations, and friends who have helped us reach our 1st birthday.”

“You may not be aware, but at the beginning the volunteers were supporting the group out of their own pockets. That’s how dedicated they were in continuing this much-needed group.”

If you would like more information contact musicforthememory@outlook.com or
call 01278 782458.