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The Unknown Play Their First Live Show For Alzheimer’s And Raise?

Our younger brother Tony has been learning guitar at a local school for some time now.  The group he learned to play with at evening class got together to do a one off show in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society.  After many months of practicing, planning and hard work a date was set for 28th November 2014, the Venue Bryn Labour Club Ashton in Makerfield near Wigan.

The group call themselves the Unknown and are made up of 8 musicians Tony Ward, Tony Danson, Dave Grant, Roger Ennis, Mike Jones, Bill Edwards, Graham Vernon, Steve Hitchen with Mark Goulding as producer and Guru! They learned to play guitar together in the same guitar class at night school. On the 28th December 2014 all their hard work and study paid off as they played their first live gig to a packed crowd at Bryn Labor Club in Ashton In Makerfield. Over 140 people turned out to see the group go through a repertoire of songs ranging from the Beatles  to Rod Stuart and the Foo Fighters to Eric Clapton.  A fantastic £811 was raised from ticket sales, a hot post supper and a raffle which was donated to the Alzheimer’s Society to help in their battle against Alzheimer’s Disease. This brings our Worried About My Daddy Alzheimer’s campaign total to £11,851.40. Please visit our Just Giving Page  https://www.justgiving.com/worriedaboutmydaddy to see the latest updates.

It was a brilliant night and everyone really enjoyed themselves, we would like to give a  massive thanks to Tony Ward for organizing the event and the Unknown for a fantastic evening of song and humour.  We would also like to thank everyone helping out on the night. Special mention to Taiye Lopez for some fantastic pictures a selection of which are below.

The very best of wishes

Chris and Dave Ward 🙂


 Alzheimers confirmation

A busy October, November and December for Chris and the Strings

Market Place 13 Dece 2014Well it been a very busy October, November and December for Chris and the Travellin Strings culminating in a number of very successful Christmas shows. In all the Strings did 6 shows and raised a total of £1,422.27 for the Alzheimer’s Society which is absolutely fantastic.  It was also Chris’s birthday in October Happy birthday from all of us. Chris asked family and friends to give a donation to the Alzheimer’s society instead of buying him presents and raised £95 in birthday donations. Tremendous job Chris. This gives us a fantastic total of £1517.27 and our grand total so far to an awesome £11,040.40. 

A big thanks to Chris and the Travellin Strings for all there hard work and enthusiasm over the Christmas and New Year period. The very best of wishes for the future and may 2015 be the best of years for all of you.

Dave Ward

Below is a list of the fund raising events that the strings played at:

Kenyon Rise Nursing Home 30 October 2014 = £140

St Johns Wingate’s Parish Church Westhoughton 15 November 2014 = £137.85

Thurston’s Care Home Westhoughton 27 November 2014 = £50

Chew More 5th December 2014 = £115

Westhoughton Market 6th December 2014 = £88.76

Bolton Market 13 December 2014 = 890.66

Chris Ward (Birthday Donations) £95

Some Pics and video from the above events:


A big thanks to Chris and the Travellin Strings for all there hard work and enthusiasm over the Christmas period. Best wishes for the future and may 2015 be the best of years for all of you.

Dave Ward


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Update on the Epic Events Ullswater Open Water Swim July 13th 2014

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Me and Tony just after the swim with our medals!

Well the final total is in for the money raised between me and my brother Tony for the 2014 Epic Events Ullswater Open Water Swim. We raised a fantastic £327 (see receipt below). A big thanks to all those who donated to this great cause

If you are concerned that someone you love is showing signs of Alzheimers Disease seek help and support straight away through your local GP or make contact with the Alzheimer’s Society.  Also check out our blog for some excellent content on what Alzheimer’s Disease is and how to find help and support.

See our just giving page @ https://www.justgiving.com/worriedaboutmydaddy

Receipt open water swim july 2014

Paul Wards Manchester 10k Run 18th May 2014

photoPaul Ward and Chris Devany (or Pablo & Dev to ttheirfriends) completed the Manchester 10k run on 18th May 2014 in aid of the Worried About My Daddy Alzheimer’s Society appeal.

I asked Paul about the run.  He said that his objective originally was just to complete the course as best he could. After training for a few months he had managed to get up to 7k (which was the furthest he had ever run) but was confident he could finish barring any injuries or unforeseen circumstances.  He went on to say that he hoped to complete the run in 1hr 15 minutes but managed to do it in1hr 6min (a personal best for him) even though it was a baking hot day.

Paul would like to thank his family, friends and colleagues for their kind donations medaland his partner Leanne for her encouragement and support to get up and go running.  He would also like to take this opportunity to thank Dev for mentoring him and for keeping him going when the  training got hard (as it surely did).  But most of all on the day for keeping the pace and his spirits up when it got really tough.

In total £380 was raised towards the Worried About My Daddy total.  A fantastic effort Paul and a big thanks to you and Dev for putting so much effort in to the race and raising the money.

Letter from the Alzheimers society below thanking Paul for the donation.

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Letter from the Alzheimers society thanking Paul for the donation.

Traveling Strings at Boundary Mill Stores Nelson

The Traveling Strings Played to the shoppers of Boundary Mill on Sunday 21st September 2014 to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society.  A four hour set had the shoppers rocking as they shopped. A great day was had by all as you can see from the Photo’s below and a massive £515.18 was raise to help fight Alzheimer’s Disease.  Massive thanks to the Traveling Strings for a fantastic performance and to Dave Lynn and Pat for collecting money (those buckets start to get heavy after a while).  A big thanks to the young lady who got up to sing and dance (sorry I have forgotten your name) you were brill also everyone who donated for making it a brilliant day.

If you would like to donate please click here or use one of the buttons on the site to go through to our Just Giving Page,

The very best of wishes

Chris and Dave Ward


See the pictures from the event below:


Vickie Scullard of The Bolton News Spotlights Alzheimer’s


Acoustic band The Travelling Strings ‘overwhelmed’ by support for Alzheimer’s

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First publisVickie Scullardhed Monday 8 September 2014 in News

Last updated 10:18 Monday 8 September 2014 by Vickie Scullard, news feature writer


An acoustic band gigging for charity has said it is overwhelmed at the generosity of Bolton shoppers.  A fantastic £587.84 was raised.

The Travelling Strings, a multi-guitar band based in Chew Moor performed a number of classic 1950Lynn Buckets, 1960s and 1970s hits such as Whiskey in the Jar at The Market Place on Saturday.

Brothers Chris and Tony Ward, Tim Eden, Steve Liptrot, Bob Atkinson, Les Beardworth and Colin O’Brien make up the acoustic seven-piece, which often play charity gigs around the Bolton area to help raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society.

The charity is close to the heart of Chris and Tony Ward, whose father, also called Chris, died from the disease in May 2008.

Mr Ward said: “My dad was a great guy.

“I think he’d be made up with the amount of money that has been donated in his memory. It was a bad time for our family at that time but hopefully something good will come of it.

“I am overwhelmed at people’s generosity.

“People have been walking past and donating money in the buckets all afternoon. I think the charity has become more and more prominent because of the amount of people affected by Alzheimer’s.

“It’s not just the person who has it; it’s all the people around them too.”

If you would like to donate to this great cause please click the big red donate button on the right of this page or the big orange button at the top of the page. Any amount would be very much appreciated.   Also click the home button to listen to our song about Alzheimer’s disease “Worried About My Daddy Introduced by Sir Cliff Richard! 

Worried About My Daddy Donations over the last Few months

Chris has been pretty Busy with the Travelling Strings group over the last few month doing a number of gigs and raising a total of £941.56. Below is a list of the events and the donations raised.  A big thanks to Chris and the Traveling Strings for their continued support and everyone involved in the events.  Our total raised so far is an amazing £8054.96.

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Big thanks to The Thomas Wellesby Cerebral Palsy Appeal to raise money for a specialised chair for Thomas. Having raised enough money to buy the chair Thomas’s family kindly donated a fantastic £670 following a Stars in Their Eyes night was held at Horwich RMI in March 2014 supported by the Travelling Strings Team.

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Big thanks to Cliffs Disco who did a fundraiser on 28th June for Francis House. Chris and Dave did a half spot and raised a very generous £126.56 from a bucket collection.

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On the 1st August 2014 the Westhoughton Methodist Church did a fundraiser for WAMD and raised marvelous £75.00

Reciept £75 Westhoughton Methodist ChurchOn the 26th May 2014 did a gig at the Haliwell Jubilee Club an daise a fantastic £70.00

Reciept £70 Haliwell Jubilee Club




Epic Events Ullswater Open Water Swim July 13th 2014

20140713_092856 - CopyA few months ago with my brother Tony i signed up for the Epic Events Ullswater Open Water Swim in aid of The Alzheimer’s Society which took place yesterday 13th July 2014. It was a great day in Patterdale Cumbria for the Epic Events Ullswater Open Water Swim , warm a little cloudy but not windy and the place was packed with would be swimmers of all ages shapes and sizes.  After registering we got changed in to our wet suites (thanks to John Laycock for lending me his) which is a feat in itself and made our way to the start.Before the swim there was a short brief about the process and then off in to the icy cold water of Ullswater lake and boy it was cold (thank god for the wet suit) we lined up with the other swimmers waiting for the start of the race.  This was our first open water swim and our tactics were pretty straight forward keep to the back at the start and miss the melee which would ensue once the race started.  As predicted when the race did start arms and legs were flailing about everywhere as people jostled for postilion.  It was pretty chaotic at first until everyone got there stroke and things started to settle down.  After the madness had passed me and Tony kicked off to swim staying together around the course.  The swim was exhilarating and w enjoyed every minute of it.  We got a nice bright orange swim caps and a medal for finishing the race. 20140713_125006 - CopyI think we will well be back next year to do this again!! So watch this space!! After the swim we went for a walk up to Easdale Tarn at the back of Grasmere and then came down and had a bowl of soup and some warm bread.  A cracking day out and all for a great cause fighting Alzheimer’s disease.  If you would like to donate to help us in the fight against this damaging an deadly disease please visit our Just Giving Page here https://www.justgiving.com/worriedaboutmydaddy

Pics & Donations At ALZ HQ Warrington

Me and Chris went over to Alzheimer’s Society HQ in Warrington to meet Aimee Claire, to get our pic taken and pay in some money raised from our recent endeavors. With the Movmeber Fundraiser we raised £315 , The Traveling Strings boys were busy over Christmas with a number of show fundraisers £397.64 and a further donation for last years  Sponsored Swim (amazingly) £60. – Cheques below.

Total Raised so far the Alzheimer’ Society, a tremendous £7,103.40.

Me, Big Bro & the Geet!!

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Big thanks to ~Aimee ~ for the pic and all the support she has given us the past year or so.


Reciept Movember

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Reciept T Strings Christmas

 Sponsored Swim

Spons swim £60

Westhoughton Pentecostal Church Fund Raiser

06-DSC_0134A big thank you to everyone at the Westhoughton Pentecostal Church near Bolton who on the 21st November 2013 raised a fantastic £345 for the Alzheimer’s Society.  The money was raised from a concert done by the Traveling Strings Group on the 20 October 2013. Chris was presented with the cheque by Mr Martin Speed from the Pentecostal Church.  Also at the presentation was Aimee Claire (Community Fundraiser) for the  Alzheimer’s society.

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A selection of Photos from the event courtesy of Ian Smith


A massive thanks to everyone who made donations and who supported this fantastic fund raising event in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society.