ROCK fans and mourners at a funeral together raised more than £2,500 for the victims of memory loss in South Tyneside.
A musical charity night was held at The Tunnel Club, Jarrow, to boost the borough branch of the Alzheimer’s Society.
Organiser Paul Lindsay and his band The Albino Crocodiles were joined by In at the Deep End and The Mutts, with the event raising £2,015.
A few months later, Mr Lindsay’s mother, Teresa Lindsay, 87, died after battling with dementia for several years.
Family members and friends collected more than £500 at the funeral service, which gave a further boost to the Alzheimer’s Society.
Mr Lindsay, of Jarrow, said: “I would like to thank everyone who came along to the event at The Tunnel Club, which was a great success.
“Club officials donated a TV for us to raffle and we also had great support from the sound engineers we call the G-Men, and everyone gave their time free of charge.
“My mam died recently after being cared for at Needham Court, in Stanhope Road, Jarrow, where she had great support from staff over the last few years.
“Myself and the band have collected for local charities over the last four years, including St Clare’s Hospice, but the Alzheimer’s Society was especially relevant, with losing my mam this year.”
Liz Williams, a dementia support worker for the Alzheimer’s Society, based at Edinburgh Buildings, in South Shields town centre, said: “We would like to say a huge ‘thank you’ to Paul and all the people who supported him with the fundraising night.
“It was a fantastic event and The Tunnel Club was rocking!
“Paul has become a great friend of South Tyneside Alzheimer’s Society and his continued support is greatly appreciated.
“Not only has he organised numerous fundraising events over the years, he kindly asked his family and friends to contribute in lieu of flowers to our funds in memory of his mother, who sadly passed away this year.
“Thank you once again for the outstanding total of £2,015 from the fundraising night and £547 in memory of Paul’s mam.
“This tremendous amount helps us to raise awareness and keep on supporting people with dementia and their families in South Tyneside.”