An estate agent has backed an Ilkley musician who has released a song to raise money for Alzheimer’s Research UK.
Singer-songwriter Rupert Stroud’s charity single Always is a tribute to his grandma Eileen who died two years ago, aged 87, after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s disease.
The single is available as a download via www.rupertstroudforaruk.com and 100 per cent of the profits will be donated to the UK’s leading dementia research charity.
Now estate agent Dacre Son & Hartley has given support to the venture.
Patrick McCutcheon, head of residential at Dacre, Son & Hartley, said: “We were keen to donate to Rupert’s worthwhile appeal and believe that by publishing details of his single on our award-winning website we will help raise awareness and drive web traffic to his download site.
“With almost 40,000 unique visitors every month to our website, we are confident that we will be able to help Rupert reach a huge number of people who will no doubt be touched by his appeal.”
Mr Stroud said: “My grandma was one of the sweetest souls you could ever meet – we were very close. Although she was tiny, she was incredibly strong and cared for my grandad for years as he had severe rheumatoid arthritis. She was devastated when he died and seemed to lose her spark for life. A few years later Alzheimer’s crept on and her memories seemed frozen inside her. It opened our eyes to the desperate lack of funding for research into this cruel disease.
“When she was younger, grandma enjoyed singing and could have gone on to be a professional dancer if circumstances were different. I’ve probably got my love of music and rhythm from her – she always encouraged me. But for the last few years of her life she needed 24-hour care. She didn’t recognise any of us and couldn’t speak – it was heartbreaking. She’d be proud to know this song is a tribute to her and that it will raise money for the new treatments so desperately needed for Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.
“My single is just the start of my plans to raise money and awareness for Alzheimer’s Research UK. I’m lining up a series of music events, starting with a concert at the Ilkley Playhouse on June 30. Writing music and performing live is my passion and having this positive focus makes it so worthwhile. It’s young people like me who’ll reap the benefits of today’s pioneering research. I want to do my bit to help so that other people don’t have to suffer like my wonderful grandma.”
ARUK is the largest Alzheimer’s research charity in the UK and the third largest in the world but it does not receive direct government funding.
Mr Stroud released his debut album Rupert Road in 2009, followed by Chasing The Night, and his music is a mix of indie, rock and pop. All his songs are based on his life experiences and produced by Will Jackson at the Soundworks Studios in Leeds. Mr Stroud studied at Leeds Metropolitan University and recently moved to Ilkley.
His single Always is available to download via http://rupertstroudforaruk.com/ with a minimum donation to Alzheimer’s Research UK of £2 and no donation limit. To view the official music video link visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQUbjmAkl5Y&feature=plcp.