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Local businesses raise over £8,000 for Our Dementia Choir

Members of the East Midlands business community came together at the annual CAPs (construction and property) charity golf day at Springwater Golf Club in Calverton, raising £8,500 for Our Dementia Choir!

88 players from local businesses were in attendance, across 22 teams, who played the course as well as testing their abilities in additional activities including a putting competition and a beat the pro game.

Monies were raised for the charity through ticket sales, hospitality around the course and a raffle.

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.

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.

Businesses from across the construction and property sector were in attendance, with Blueprint Interiors, Jennie Holland PR, Influence Landscape Planning & Design, 200 Degrees Coffee, Pygott and Crone, Morgan Sindall, Hexa Consulting and GT3 Architects, who sponsored the event.

Coastal Distillery, a Lincolnshire-based business that makes a range of artisan spirits, donated drinks for the halfway house and 200 Degrees supplied coffee and cakes on the course.

At the end of the tournament, Our Dementia Choir was introduced to the players by Vicky McClure and charity manager, Karen Bonser and they performed four songs.

Prizes were given to the winners of both the individual and team competitions, which included rounds of golf at Springwater Golf club, gift vouchers for the onsite golf shop, champagne and PING golfing attire.

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 £35,000 through a number of fundraising events, with further plans to host a black-tie dinner “with a twist”, a school sports style event and a racing Ladies Day in 2023.

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