VIDEO: Corby pensioner John Lewis records love song for wife for Alzheimer’s charity

  • John, 78, used to sing Love Is All with his wife, Cathy, at Corby karaoke nights
  • She now has dementia and lives in a care home
  • John has raised £600 through CD sales for Alzheimer’s Society

A Corby man who recorded a love song for charity as a tribute to his wife has helped raise £600 for the Alzheimer’s Society.

John Lewis, 78, used to sing Love Is All, a number 12 hit for Malcolm Roberts in 1969, with his wife Cathy at the Lincoln Arms in Corby during the pub’s karaoke nights.

Cathy now has dementia and lives in a home.

However John said he wanted to do his bit to raise awareness of the condition as well as collecting some money for the Singing for the Brain group, which meets at the West Glebe Pavilion in Cottingham Road.

With help from friend Kevin Ralph, John recorded Love Is All and sold copies of the CD at the Lincoln Arms.

Local people also donated money to the charity.

John Lewis in action singing Love Is All, a song dedicated to his wife Cathy who has Alzheimer's disease

John Lewis in action singing Love Is All, a song dedicated to his wife Cathy who has Alzheimer's disease

John said: “My motivation was really to raise more awareness of what dementia is and what life is like for people with the condition.

“My mum had Alzheimer’s disease and I never really realised what my dad went through until these last few years when I’ve been through it myself.

“My dad was very independent and never accepted help, and the stress affected him greatly. I’ve had to learn to accept help myself.”

John raised £600 and presented the cheque to Alzheimer’s Society at the charity’s Singing for the Brain Corby group on Monday.

Cathy and I used to love singing at the Lincoln Arms.

John Lewis

The group meets at West Glebe Pavilion in Cottingham Road.

He also treated visitors to a rendition of the song.

John added: “Cathy and I used to love singing at the Lincoln Arms.

“People there are so friendly and I’m grateful to them for all their help in raising the money.

Kylie Borg, John Lewis, Tricia Bould, with Kevin Ralph, Janny McCann and George Drummond

Kylie Borg, John Lewis, Tricia Bould, with Kevin Ralph, Janny McCann and George Drummond

“I’m just an ordinary bloke but I wanted to do something to help the Singing for the Brain group, because they do very good work and help a lot of people.”

Speaking at the meeting, Mr Ralph said John had been invited to take part in Weldonfest this year.

Kylie Borg, from the Singing for the Brain group, extended her thanks to John for the fundraising and also said he deserved a lot of credit for his hard work in looking after his wife Cathy.

Danielle Hindle, community fundraiser for Alzheimer’s Society in the East Midlands, said: “Fundraisers like John are inspirational and I’d like to say a really big thanks to him, and to everyone that supported him.

“As a charity we rely on voluntary donations to continue our vital work helping people with dementia to live better lives, and to search for a cure for tomorrow.”

For more information on support for dementia, call 01832 736670 or send them an email.