BBC The One Show star Alex Jones left beaming by 'lovely' Welsh dementia choir

Hailey and her mum June love the Forget-me-not Chorus
Hailey and her mum June love the Forget-me-not Chorus -Credit:BBC

Alex Jones was left beaming following a segment about a dementia choir, based in Cardiff, on BBC’s The One Show on Friday, May 17 – calling their work "lovely". The Forget-me-not Chorus, founded by Kate Woolveridge, is a charity bringing the joy of singing to people living with dementia, and those who support them.

During a short segment viewers were introduced to Hailey, whose mum June has dementia. For the past two years June has lived in a care home in Cardiff. Every Thursday June is taken to choir practice, which Hailey admitted makes her mum “feel special”. In the short film Hailey became tearful and broke down in tears upon saying that she is “scared what the future holds” for her mother.

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Explaining how she set up the Chorus, mezzo-soprano opera singer Kate said: “As a professional singer I had sung for many years to people living with dementia, but I'm also a conductor, and I wanted to bring those two skills together to see if we could make a choir. There's something about the chorus rehearsal. It's not about dementia. Whatever you're bringing to that space, the person caring 24/7 for the person they love, when they come into that space, they can breathe.”

Founder of the Forget-me-not Chorus Kate Woolveridge
Founder of the Forget-me-not Chorus Kate Woolveridge -Credit:BBC
Alex and Roman were moved by the Chorus' hard work -Credit:BBC
Alex and Roman were moved by the Chorus' hard work -Credit:BBC

Discussing the impact that Kate and the Forget-me-not Chorus have had on her family’s life, Hailey said: “I love the way [Kate] checks in with me to check I'm enjoying it and I check in with [mum]. It just makes her feel special.” Meanwhile, another person said: “As soon as we walked through the door we just felt like we'd come home, and it felt just so good. Every time we leave I feel so euphoric and joyful and uplifting.” A third said: “I love it. I really, really, really do.”

After the film aired Alex Jones said: “On a Friday what better do we need than that?” Her co-host Roman Kemp, who opened up about his mental health earlier in the week, added: “That is so beautiful.” Alex then added: “Lovely to send us into the weekend.”

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