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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



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:

Alzheimer’s cure in blood pressure pill

SIMPLE blood pressure pills could help fight dementia and even boost brain power, research has revealed.


 The tablets, which can cost as little as 3p a day and are already taken by millions, could be routinely given to combat the brain disease.

A class of drugs known as ACE inhibitors are commonly prescribed to treat high blood pressure and heart failure.

But not only have they been found to potentially halt the ravages of devastating memory loss, they may even boost brain power.

Professor William Molloy, of University College Cork in Ireland, said: “This study supports the growing body of evidence for the use of ACE inhibitors and other blood pressure lowering agents in the management of dementia.

“Although the differences were small and of uncertain clinical significance, if sustained over years the compounding effects may well have significant clinical benefits.”

For the study, published in the online journal BMJ Open, the researchers compared 361 patients with an average age of 77 who had either been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, or a mix of both.

Of the group, 85 were already taking ACE inhibitors but the rest were not.

Ace ihibitors and Alzheimers

The researchers then also assessed the impact of the drugs on the brain power of 30 patients to whom they were prescribed for the first time.

They found that those already taking ACE inhibitors had marginally slower rates of cognitive decline than those not taking them.

And for those patients who were given them for the first time, brain power actually improved over six months, compared both with the sample group already taking them and those not taking them at all.

It is the first time that there has been evidence to suggest that blood pressure lowering drugs may not only halt cognitive decline but actually improve brain power. However, there were warnings not take the pills unless they had been prescribed.

Dr James Pickett, head of research at the Alzheimer’s Society, said: “Any drug which halts cognitive decline is potentially exciting. However, people should not start taking any drugs that they have not been prescribed and should instead speak to their GP. We need much more research.”

One in three Britons over 65 is known to be likely to develop dementia which affects around 820,000 people.

Thanks to Express News for this article







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.

Alan’s story – Alzheimer’s Society Volunteers

Great Video about Alan’s storyAlan is a volunteer for the Alzheimer’s Society http://www.alzheimers.org.uk one of thousands of volunteers who help keep community project going and support families affected by Alzheimer’s Disease.

We are trying to raise £20,000 for Alzheimer’s research please visit our website at http://worriedaboutmydaddy.com/ to watch our new music video introduced by Sir Cliff Richard about our dads experience with Alzheimer’s.  if you like it you can also download the song for free it for FREE. What have you got to loose??

The Difference Between Alzheimer’s Disease And Dementia

ALZ DEMentiaI am often asked to explain the difference between Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) and Dementia. In a nutshell, dementia is a symptom, and Alzheimer’s Disease is the cause. But the question deserves a much more thorough response, and Dr. Robert Stern, Director of Boston University’s Alzheimer’s Disease Center’s Clinical Core (photo, left) provided this response to the question on their website.

(Source: Boston University’s Alzheimers Disease Center and their Alzheimers’ Disease Center’s Bulletin, both of which are great Alzheimer’s Disease resources).

“What is the difference between Alzheimer’s disease and dementia?

“Dementia” is a term that has replaced a more out-of-date word, “senility,” to refer to cognitive changes with advanced age. Dementia includes a group of symptoms, the most prominent of which is memory difficulty with additional problems in at least one other area of cognitive functioning, including language, attention, problem solving, spatial skills, judgment, planning, or organization. These cognitive problems are a noticeable change compared to the person’s cognitive functioning earlier in life and are severe enough to get in the way of normal daily living, such as social and occupational activities.

A good analogy to the term dementia is “fever.” Fever refers to an elevated temperature, indicating that a person is sick. But it does not give any information about what is causing the sickness. In the same way, dementia means that there is something wrong with a person’s brain, but it does not provide any information about what is causing the memory or cognitive difficulties. Dementia is not a disease; it is the clinical presentation or symptoms of a disease.

There are many possible causes of dementia. Some causes are reversible, such as certain thyroid conditions or vitamin deficiencies. If these underlying problems are identified and treated, then the dementia reverses and the person can return to normal functioning.

However, most causes of dementia are not reversible. Rather, they are degenerative diseases of the brain that get worse over time. The most common cause of dementia is AD, accounting for as many as 70-80% of all cases of dementia.

Approximately 5.3 million Americans currently live with AD. As people get older, the prevalence of AD increases, with approximately 50% of people age 85 and older having the disease.

It is important to note, however, that although AD is extremely common in later years of life, it is not part of normal aging. For that matter, dementia is not part of normal aging. If someone has dementia (due to whatever underlying cause), it represents an important problem in need of appropriate diagnosis and treatment by a well-trained healthcare provider who specializes in degenerative diseases.

In a nutshell, dementia is a symptom, and AD is the cause of the symptom.

When someone is told they have dementia, it means that they have significant memory problems as well as other cognitive difficulties, and that these problems are severe enough to get in the way of daily living.

Most of the time, dementia is caused by the specific brain disease, AD. However, some uncommon degenerative causes of dementia include vascular dementia (also referred to as multi-infarct dementia), frontotemporal dementia, Lewy Body disease, and chronic traumatic encephalopathy.

Contrary to what some people may think, dementia is not a less severe problem, with AD being a more severe problem. There is not a continuum with dementia on one side and AD at the extreme. Rather, there can be early or mild stages of AD, which then progress to moderate and severe stages of the disease.

One reason for the confusion about dementia and AD is that it is not possible to diagnose AD with 100% accuracy while someone is alive. Rather, AD can only truly be diagnosed after death, upon autopsy when the brain tissue is carefully examined by a specialized doctor referred to as a neuropathologist.

During life, a patient can be diagnosed with “probable AD.” This term is used by doctors and researchers to indicate that, based on the person’s symptoms, the course of the symptoms, and the results of various tests, it is very likely that the person will show pathological features of AD when the brain tissue is examined following death.

In specialty memory clinics and research programs, such as the BU ADC, the accuracy of a probable AD diagnosis can be excellent. And with the results of exciting new research, such as that being conducted at the BU ADC, the accuracy of AD diagnosis during life is getting better and better.”

Nancy Strickman Stein, who holds a Masters in Public Health from Yale University; a PhD in Epidemiology and Public Health from the University of Miami; and more than 25 years of experience as an active health care professional and advocate in south Florida. It was her own experience and lessons learned as a caregiver for her parents that motivated her to make the care-giving journey easier for others. Seniority Matters is South Florida’s most respected resource for family caregivers.

Thanks for reading this post by Nancy Stien, we are trying to raise £20,000 to help fight this cruel and debilitating disease please watch our Video above Worried About My Daddy The best song your ever likely to hear about Alzheimer’s by clicking this link or download the song by clicking this link.  Please also donate by either clicking the button in the top of the left side bar or clicking this link http://www.justgiving.com/worriedaboutmydaddy. Please help us to achieve our target by making a donation, small or large, whatever you can afford.

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