Building support for Nottingham's older people with Big Band Bash

Building support for Nottingham's older people with Big Band Bash

A CARE GROUP in Nottingham that provides support for the city’s older people is getting a boost to its campaign to build a new support centre with a vintage fundraising event being organised by the family of a dementia sufferer who benefitted from their services.

Radford Care Group offers a range of support to the older generation in Nottingham to reduce isolation, improve confidence and promote independence and currently support around 95 people per week. This demand is predicted to rise to 350 per week so they launched their ‘Buy a Brick’ campaign to raise £800,000 for a new building to expand their services. The new building on Prospect Street in Radford is already underway but more funds are needed to complete the project.

The ‘Big Band Bash’ is a vintage afternoon of music, food and fun being organised by the family of Brian Fisher, who came to Radford Care Group after being diagnosed with Dementia. He sadly passed away in October 2018 and his family wanted to support Radford Care Group with an event in his memory, close to what would have been his 81st birthday.

Brian’s daughter Lucy Fisher is the main organiser and said:

“Dementia is a cruel disease that gradually robs you of the person you love, but Radford Care Group gave us a lifeline – they helped us to navigate an incredibly difficult journey and most of all helped Dad to do the things he loved for longer. Dad was a larger than life character, and music was his passion which is why our event is centred around this – it’s going to be a great event and we are hoping to raise over £2,000.”

The Big Band Bash is taking place on 26 January from 12:30pm – 4:30pm at Oakleigh Lodge Social Club in Bulwell. It will feature live music from the Nottingham Concert Band who will be playing popular foot tappers from Glen Miller to Stevie Wonder. Vintage singer Jayne Darling will also be singing her way through the 40’s. There will also be afternoon tea and a music quiz and a raffle with prizes donated from businesses across Nottingham including Nottingham Forest and Notts Cricket tickets, £50 to spend at Be at One, Beauty Temple treatments and hair at the Front Room Salon.

Jill Davies, CEO of Radford Care Group said:

“We’re delighted Brian’s family are supporting our Buy a Brick campaign, we have just over £100,000 to raise to meet this target and finish the building that is underway. We hope to see lots of people supporting this event to help us get closer to our goal and hopefully allow us to be up and running by the summer.”

Tickets are on sale for £10 (non-refundable) and advance booking is essential. Raffle tickets can be bought in advance for £1 each or £5 for a book. You can visit Radford Care Group or contact them on 0115 978 6133 or bigbandbash2020@gmail.com.

To make general donations and ticket purchases, please visit: https://bit.ly/2uifTLf.

To find out more about Radford Care Group, please visit: http://www.radfordcaregroup.org.uk/

Caption: Brian Fisher with friends


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