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THE FADE Worried About My Daddy Gig 12 August 2016

On the 12th August 2016 a rather special event took place in aid of the “Worried About My Daddy” Alzheimer’s appeal. A well know Wigan band The Fade agreed to do a one off come- back gig to help support the cause. A tremendous amount of work and preparation went in to the night which was a raging success. Some of the details and pictures of the night are outlined below:

A little bit of history and the chain of events

The Fade were an established indie group formed in the mid 1990’s inspired by what was a special time in British music culture. Playing covers and original music on the Northwest gig scene The Fade had a good loyal following and played to packed crowds wherever they went.


In 2006 the band went their separate ways with three of the four members moving down to London. The band remained good friends and met regularly over the years between then and 2016. Each time the band met up they would reminisce about the good times on the road gigging and the hours they spent practicing in the studio creating their own quality songs. They always discussed that one day a reunion gig should take place.

Christmas 2015 the band met for a few beers as they did every Christmas and discussed a 10-year anniversary gig the following year. The band were already aware of the “Worried About My Daddy” as Paul, the lead singer, is the son of one the original campaign organisers, Chris Ward. The Band members all agreed that the gig should take place in a bid to raise more funds for the cause.

In January 2016 discussions took place with Jonny Davenport and Dave Jenkins who are good friends of the band and are now the directors of the Old Courts Music Venue in Wigan town centre. The lads kindly agreed that because the gig was for charity the venue could be hired for a minimal fee just to cover costs. All bands members checked their diaries for the year and agreed on 12th August 2016. The venue was booked and the gig was on!


Over the coming months many discussions took place and eventually a final set list was agreed. They would play eleven 90’s indie classics by the likes of The Charlatans, Shed Seven, Ocean Colour Scene etc. plus, of course, three original The Fade songs; Red Bonfire, To The Sun and Live for The Weekend. Colin (drummer), Alex (guitar) and Steve (bass) rehearsed in London regularly working on the musical and structural elements of the songs. Videos of rehearsals were recorded and sent back to Paul (singer) to familiarize himself with song structure etc.

Whilst the band were rehearsing down south Paul and Jonny worked on the marketing, ticket and poster creation and Facebook event page and eventually ticket distribution once the bookings started rolling in.

Paul also spoke with their past manager Chris Devany in relation to becoming part of the night, which he jumped at. Chris had extensive experience of fundraising and hosting successful events. With this being a charity night other acts were required to make it a full evening and a band called The Lines agreed to support The Fade. Also, Jeff Critchley, one of Paul’s cousins agreed to do his first ever stand-up comedy routine. Other money raising ideas were discussed and an auction and raffle was decided. Companies such as local football clubs, restaurants, gym etc. were approached and prizes consisting of meals out, football stadium tours, match tickets, a holiday, tools, gym passes etc. were all donated.

With the band members having lots of commitments during the months leading up to the gig a risky strategy of getting together one weekend in August was agreed for 3 days of intensive rehearsals at a studio in London. Paul travelled to London where rehearsals went very well as the band naturally clicked back together.

August the 12th 2016 finally arrived where ticket sales reached just under 200 and so the Old Courts in Wigan started to fill up to a fantastic atmosphere. The Compere and Auctioneer for the night Chris Deveney (or Dev to his friends) did an amazing job. The auction was a huge success! The Lines did a great set and were very entertaining and got the crowd warmed up for things to come. Many thanks to them for their support we all enjoyed their music so much.



Dev next introduced Jeff Critchley who did a very brave thing, for the very first time he did a short stand-up comedy routine. Never the easiest thing to do I’m sure you’ll agree but Jeff stepped up to the mark, did it in his own inimitable style and got some great laughs. Well done Jeff for putting yourself on the line in aid of this great cause.


Dev then drew the raffle and the lucky winners received their prizes. Again a huge thank you for the various sponsors who donated.

And so, as The Fade waited to go on stage everyone packed into the main room at the Old Courts. Dev introduced the band: Alex Fordham – Guitar & backing vocals, Colin Oldfield – Drums & Percussion, Steve Jones – Bass and Paul Ward – Lead Vocals.  For the first time in 10 years The Fade were on stage once again and were watched by over 200 people.

It was a true testimony to The Fade that the gig took place at all considering the obstacles they faced about band members living in opposite ends of the country, issues with rehearsals, commuting all members, having to go to work and a whole plethora of other stuff.


The lads hadn’t lost their touch though and bashed out some old covers and a series of their own songs. It was a tremendous spectacle to watch them all pull together and recreate their sound from the past.  The crowd were singing along to the old anthems and the night just got better and better.  This was a fantastic show from The Fade. Their performance was pitch perfect and a credit to their musical skill, determination and passion considering they had not played together for 10 years. AWESOME!!

A whopping £1419.87 was raised after all fees and costs deducted and it was a fantastic night for the “Worried about My Daddy” Charity.  This brings our total to £17,604.87 just £2,395.13 away from out target of £20,000.


More Pics of the gig are below why not check them out! If you would like to donate, please click here to go to our Just Giving Page. Thank you.

The WAMD team would like to thank everyone involved in making this such a successful event. 

Jonny Davenport – Director Old Courts
Dave Jenkins – Director Old Courts
Christopher Devany – Compere, Auctioneer – Marketing, liaison

The Lines 

Jeff Critchly

Everyone involved in helping with tickets and at the venue on the night, Everyone who attended the gig and made it such a great night.

And of course the fantastic Fade whose drive, commitment and determination made it all happen! 

Paul ward – Lead Vocalist,
Alex Fordham – Guitar, backing vocals,
Colin Oldfield – Drums, Percussion
Steve Jones – bass

 Images from the GIG



Those Travellin’ Strings sure did do it again

The Date Friday 5th August 2016, the time 20:00hrs and the venue St John Fisher in Kearsley. Those Travellin’ Strings sure did it again! Another incredible event in Aid of the Worried About My Daddy Alzheimer’s Appeal raising another amazing £1,711.34 for the Alzheimer’s Society.

This was a three-hour extravaganza consisting of tracks from famous artist like The Beatles, The Bee Gees, Herman’s Hermits, John Denver and many, many more PLUS two un-announced guest appearances from not only the famous ‘Dean Martin’ but also none other than the one and only ‘Elvis Presley’.

In addition to this was a very, very special appearance from Christine Tongue who contacted Chris and explained that she is a care worker at a care home in Atherton looking after people with Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia. Christine wanted to raise money for Alzheimer’s Society too and went on to say that she would like to do a sponsored head shave live in front of the audience at the gig!!!! How extremely brave of her!

So, a fun packed evening was on the cards and all of those who attended were not disappointed.

The Travellin’ Strings did their first set waxing lyrical with a set packed with old favorites warming the audience up for things to come.


Dean Martin aka Chris Ward did a rendition of that old classic “Little Old Wine Drinker Me” and Elvis (the Pelvis) aka Colin O Brian sang the timeless classic “Its Only Make Believe”.

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True to her word Christine very bravely had her golden locks shaved off to thunderous applause raising an amazing £555 for the Alzheimer’s Society. A special and deserving mention to Christine for such a great job. We hope your hair grows back soon?

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Before we knew it, it was time for the second set from the Travellin’ Strings with a variety of dance and sing-a-long-songs taking us to the end of the evening. By this time the audience were up having a fine old time dancing and singing their heads off. A great night was had by all.

Events like this don’t just happen so we would like to say a big THANK YOU to all who helped on the organization and running of the event:

A special mention to friends from St John Fisher who kept a very well stocked bar and efficiently served the food that was supplied by Wilsons Pies of Kearsley. They also organized and ran the raffle which was held during the break.

And of course a massive THANKS to the Travellin’ Strings for all their hard work and effort on this and all the other events they have supported.

An outstanding total of £1,711.34 was raised which is pretty amazing. This brings our total to £16,185.  Our £20,000 goal is within reach, we just need to work hard and focus for the next few months to achieve it. If you would like to donate, please follow this link  to our Just Giving Page. Thank you.



Click the image below to see what happened on the night!


Worried About My Daddy Alzheimers 22 mile Channel Swim update

A quick update on our progress. So far we have raised an amazing £940.33 in cash and £377 in cheques to clear for the Worried About My Daddy Alzheimer’s 22 mile Channel Swim which will give us a total of £1317.33  which is nothing short of brilliant a massive thanks to all involved.


 Receipt from the Alzheimer’s Society for the £940 cash receipt for cheques to follow.


A Further£6o paid in on 19.2.2014

Spons swim £60


Worried About My Daddy Psychic Evening

On Saturday 17th August, at Clifton Community Neighborhood Centre Worried About My Daddy held a Psychic Evening in aid of The Alzheimer’s Society. The evening was a great success and our thanks go out to everyone who was kind enough to come and support the event.  The event raised a fantastic £707.20 for the Alzheimer’s Society and Alzheimer’s Research.

Special thanks go out to the following:

Joe Barnwell from Salford City Radio who hosted the evening in own inimitable style, and promoted the event on his radio show.

Psychics Dee Rendall & Vera Lenny who provided their services F.O.C and put on a magnificent, interesting, informative and entertaining show and a great experience!

To the ‘back room’ crew who all came early to set the room up, put out tables and chairs; prepare tea and coffee for 60+ people attending.

Below Chris Below singing Worried About My Daddy with Dave (from the Traveling Strings)



A special thanks to Dave from the ‘Traveling Strings’ who supported Chris on the harmonica during his performance of Worried About My Daddy.

All in all, a great night and a fantastic £707.20 raised to help in the fight against Alzheimer’s Disease in the UK.  Please keep your eyes peeled for our next event in Kersley, Manchester on 25th October 2013.

Many thanks Chris Ward

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WAMD B&Q St Helens Alzheimer’s Society Fund Raising Event

Fantastic Effort by the Worried About My Daddy team at the weekend in raising £998.31at B&Q St Helen’s for the Alzheimer’s Society which was absolutely amazing.  Big Thanks to all the kind people in St Helen’s, all the Staff at B&Q especially Naomi Lee and the fantastic WAMD team Jeanette Ward, Chris Ward Brian McGarry, Maff Ward, Robyn Davies Lynn Ward, Francis Ward and Finally the Traveling Strings Guitar Group for entertaining us and the B&Q customers with two hours of classic Songs.

Receipt from the Alzheimer’s Society for the money

B&Q Recept

Photo’s of the teams fund raising efforts below:

Ron Grant, 59, Living With Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease (VIDEO)

Ron Grant – Early Onset Alzheimer’s Disease

28-07-2013 13-44-36Here is an excellent video from a guy called Ron Grant who has been diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimer’s Disease from the Huffington post read and watch

A former prison chaplain, Ron Grant, 60, used to read constantly. “I have several degrees… I had to read books all the time,” Grant told Huff Post Live.

Unfortunately, Grant lost the ability to read five years ago following an Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis. He could no longer keep up with his job as a prison chaplain and had to go on social security to support himself and his family.

Grant is certainly not alone in his struggles. An estimated 5.4 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease and 200,000 Americans have early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, which affects people 65 and under. Early-onset Alzheimer’s disease can strike people as young as 40 years old. Many young people diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s are working professionals, a long way from retirement age.

In the early stages of Alzheimer’s, people can experience a window of time when they are not entirely impaired, yet they are often excluded from regular life prematurely. A growing number of patients at this stage — people like Grant — are speaking out on how it feels to be shut out too soon.

To learn more about living with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, watch the video below.


How Does Alzheimer’s Disease Develop?

A-patient-at-a-hospital-f-007How Alzheimer’s disease develops?  Alzheimer’s is a neurodegenerative disease that is typified by progressive weakening of cognitive skills, affecting all aspects of day to day activities. A person suffering from Alzheimer’s is likely to undergo severe behavioral changes

Emil Kraepelin was the first person to identify the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. Alois Alzheimer, who was a German psychiatrist, studied typical neuropathology for the first time in the year 1906.

 The distinct and the most striking symptom of Alzheimer’s disease is amnesia. In the early stages, a victim of Alzheimer’s is quite often found to be in a confused state, and facing problems with short-term memory. There are usually problems with  paying attention and in terms of spatial orientation.

 The personality of the person affected usually undergoes a massive change coupled with frequent mood swings and the language of the patient may be affected. However, it should be noted that Alzheimer’s disease does not affect everyone in the same way, and this can make the disease quite difficult to diagnose.

In the early stages of the illness, patients tend to lose energy and their alertness of mind decreases but this change is hardly noticeable. Also, there is loss of memory and the person may become moody. Overall, the affected person becomes slow in responding to everyday stimuli. Eventually, due to the significant memory loss the patient tries to shields himself or herself from anything that they find unfamiliar, as a result the person can become highly confused and get lost easily and frequently.

In the next stage, the victim of Alzheimer’s starts seeking assistance to carry out those tasks that require heavy lifting. Their speech starts getting affected and quite frequently they stop abruptly after saying half a sentence. Depression, irritation and restlessness are some of the common traits during this stage of illness.

Slowly, the individual becomes disabled. They may remember past incidents but can’t recall the very recent ones. In the advanced stage it becomes difficult for the patient to distinguish between day and night or even recognize the faces of very near and dear ones.

In the last stage of the disease, patients merely exist. They experience total loss of memory and they are unable to eat properly and cannot control themselves to any great extent. Constant care is needed for a patient at this stage. The individual also becomes prone to other diseases such as pneumonia, infections, etc. Ultimately they become confined to bed and this fatal stage leads to death.

Alzheimer’s disease is not curable but there are treatments available that can slow its progress and there is promising research that may lead to a cure.

Following the experience with our dad and Alzheimer’s disease my brother Chris and I are on a crusade to raise £20,000 to help with Alzheimer’s research and support.  Chris has written and produced and recorded a song and a video of a song called “Worried About My Daddy”. Please, Please, Please go to our website http://worriedaboutmydaddy.com/ to listened to and DOWNLOAD the song or watch the video introduced by not other than Sir Cliff Richard.  If you can afford donate to our worthy cause it would be very much appreciated.

If you are currently facing a situation that a loved one is affected by Alzheimer’s don’t give up you are all they have and even though they may not recognise you a lot of the time there will be times when they do and that is the little ray of light that will keep you going.

The very best of wishes

Dave and Chris Ward

Website: http://worriedaboutmydaddy.com/

 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Worried-About-My-Daddy-Alzheimers/162864977222454?ref=hl

What exactly is Alzheimer’s Disease

Brain rubbing outjpgDave and Chris Ward here we thought we would try to explain a little about what exactly Alzheimer’s disease is.  A disease we had to struggle terribly with over a number of years with our dad.

As uncommon as the name of the disease sounds, its prevalence and incidence rates are not. In fact, 820,000 people in the UK are affected by this problem. This disease does not discriminate and affects men or women, across all social status and economic position in life.

Alzheimer’s is a progressive and degenerative disease under the umbrella of diseases called dementia. There are around 100 different types of dementia however Alzheimer’s is responsible for about 60% to 70% of all dementias.  It is characterized by disorientation and impaired memory. It is caused by an attack in the brain, affecting one’s memory, thinking skills and judgment. Most patients will experience a change in language ability, in the way they use their mental processes and of course their behaviour.

While anybody can be affected by this disease, only it’s primarily those older than age 65 that experience the lagging in their thinking skills and their ability to remember things. Still, there are some who gets Alzheimer’s even when they are just 30 years old but these cases are very rare and only account for a small percentage of the total number of cases. One out of 10 people over the age 65 has Alzheimer’s and nearly half of these patients are over 85 years old. 25 million of the UK population have a close friend or family member with dome form of dementia.

In addition to old age, family history of can also predispose someone to this condition. This is because Alzheimer’s is said to be caused by a problem in the genetic mutations. Still, when you study Alzheimer cases,  it is can also be associated with a host of other factors besides genes. In fact, environmental factors such as hobbies and mental pursuits are things that can help prevent the onset of the problem.

What is difficult with Alzheimer’s is the fact that its symptoms mimic the signs of old age. At the beginning, there will be some memory loss. The person with Alzheimer’s will also experience confusion and disorientation even with things that they are used to doing. The trick is to make sure that one can recognize what normal memory loss is in comparison to memory loss associated with the onset of Alzheimer’s.

Often, there will be a gradual memory loss and difficulty with reading and writing or to thinking clearly.  After which decline in the ability to perform tasks that are already automatic and routine will ensure.  In the terminal stage, the patients may even forget how to brush their teeth or how to use a spoon and fork, something that is almost automatic with people not affected by Alzheimer’s disease.

There will also be difficulty in learning new things and in memorizing things. Some patients may even forget the language that they are speaking with while others will no longer recognize their family. Personality will change in terms of the way they communicate with other people and the way they behave.

There is actually no change in personality per se but because of the problems in their memory, they may appear aloof and suspicious perhaps because they cannot recognize the people that they know before. Some may even become extremely fearful and passive for the simple fact that they cannot remember you. As the disease worsens, the patient will then become so incapable of taking care of themselves that they will require help even in eating and in sleeping.

So that is what Alzheimer’s disease is but its so much more as we found when our dad was diagnosed with it.  It stole his personality and character and until as is said above he did not recognise even the closest of family.  It then slowly debilitates his mental faculties and in the process causes his body to break down.  As we sadly found out Alzheimer’s is a fatal disease which cannot be cured.

Following the experience with our dad and Alzheimer’s disease my brother Chris and I are on a crusade to raise £20,000 to help with Alzheimer’s research and support.  Chris has written and produced and recorded a song and a video of a song called “Worried About My Daddy”. Please, Please, Please go to our website http://worriedaboutmydaddy.com/ to listened to and DOWNLOAD the song or watch the video introduced by not other than Sir Cliff Richard.  If you can afford donate to our worthy cause it would be very much appreciated.

If you are currently facing a situation that a loved one is affected by Alzheimer’s don’t give up you are all they have and even though they may not recognise you a lot of the time there will be times when they do and that is the little ray of light that will keep you going.

Interview Chris Ward and Joe Barnwell Salford City Radio Alzhiemer’s Disease

On Saturday 25th May 2013 Chris Ward met Joe Barnwell at Salford City Radio 94.4fm to do an interview about his latest song “Worried About My Daddy” and the devastating affects that Alzheimer’s Disease has on Alzheimer sufferers, family and friends.  The interview carried out by Joe investigated how the song came about and how to go about getting involved in supporting the drive to wipe Alzheimer’s off the face of the planet.

A big thanks to Joe and the team: Leona, Speedy Steve and Steve Yorke for the opportunity to play the song and all the help and support with promoting the song and our cause to raise £20k for the Alzheimer’s society and Alzheimer’s awareness.

1369756824034_upload.jpgPlease share this post with your friends in anyway you can and go to http://worriedaboutmydaddy.com/ to watch the Worried About My Daddy video introduced by Sir Cliff Richard a touching portrayal of our experience of our dad’s struggle with Alzheimer’s Disease.  Not only that you can download the song for FREE and donate to the fight against this world wide epidemic that is  Alzheimer’s Disease.

Dave and Chris Ward