A father and son have raised more than £30,000 for charity after going viral with their own special brand of car karaoke videos, filmed mainly around the Ribble Valley.
Teddy McDermott (80) is a singer who was originally a Butlins Redcoat and also travelled around the country singing in pubs and clubs throughout his earlier years. He was originally given the nickname “The Song-a-minute-man” because of the sheer number of songs in his repertoire.
Now living in Blackburn and suffering from Alzheimer’s, Teddy and his son Simon “Mac” McDermott regularly drive around the Ribble Valley singing as it seems to transport Teddy back to happier times.
Simon (40), who posted the videos on Facebook, said: “When we have got him singing again he is back in the room. It is these moments that we treasure.”
Since being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, Teddy’s memory has deteriorated and he often does not recognise his family, also suffering from aggressive episodes. The family received help from Alzheimer’s Society and its National Dementia Helpline.
Simon continued: “We just wanted to put something back into the charity — the help they give is really important. My dad has always been a singer the only thing different is I am recording it and putting it on Facebook.”
“I thought we would try to raise maybe about £500, or £1,000 at the most. It is crazy some of the donations that have been made and how many nice things people have been saying.
“That will do so much good for the charity and help so many people. Every Alzheimer’s case is different.”
Michael Dent, Alzheimer’s Society director of fundraising, said: “Alzheimer’s Society is extremely grateful for Simon’s fantastic fund-raising achievements in honour of his father, Teddy.
“Songaminute is an inspiring and touching idea that is not only raising vital funds for the charity but also highlighting the positive impact that listening to music and singing can have for people with dementia.”
To donate to cause, visit justgiving.com/fundraising/songaminute