The father and son singing team who went viral with their musical car journeys are celebrating a Daily Mirror Pride of Britain award.
Simon McDermott (40), son of Teddy McDermott (80) known as the “Song-a-minute man”, were given a Special Recognition Award at the glittering ceremony televised on Tuesday night.
The pair hit national headlines after Simon shared a video of the pair’s car karaoke sessions on their way to do their weekly shop at Sainsbury’s in Clitheroe.
Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2013, Teddy’s family found that his love of music helped to transcend the memory loss and his recall of all the old favourites was still as impeccable as before the onset of his condition.
The videos posted by Simon, which immediately went viral on social networking sites, show Teddy visibly lifted by the music when he sings old classics.
The amazing success of the videos of the pair singing led to the former Butlins Redcoat fulfilling his lifelong dream of signing a record deal, singing a cover of Sinatra’s “You Make Me Feel So Young” at London’s infamous Abbey Road Studios last month.
The pair’s initial aim of raising £1,000 for the Alzheimer’s Society pales against the total to date, which now stands at a staggering £129,000.
The Daily Mirror’s Pride of Britain Awards, in partnership with TSB, are the nation’s biggest annual event celebrating amazing unsung heroes.
Simon received his award at the 18th annual ceremony which took place at the exclusive Grosvenor House on Park Lane, London, where guests were honoured at a glittering star-studded dinner, televised on ITV in a two-hour special on Tuesday night.
Jeremy Hughes, Chief Executive of Alzheimer’s Society, said: “We could not be more thrilled that Simon has been awarded the Pride of Britain Special Recognition Award this year.
“Simon and Teddy’s inspiring and touching Song-a-minute Man videos are not only raising vital funds for Alzheimer’s Society, but highlighting the positive impact that listening to music and singing can have for people with dementia. They truly deserve this recognition.
“We’re pleased that our National Dementia Helpline supported Simon when he was coming to terms with his father’s diagnosis. Our Helpline advisers are here to support anyone affected by dementia by providing a listening ear, practical advice and help with signposting to other support services for people with dementia and their carers.”