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BBC's Sarah Travers shines light for Alzheimer's in tribute to her father

By Joanne Fleming

Television presenter Sarah Travers has hosted a poignant carol service in aid of the Alzheimer's Society at St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast.

The popular broadcaster, who is an ambassador for the charity, lost her beloved father Ian Travers to an aggressive form of the disease in 2013, when he was aged just 67.

Around 500 people attended the Carols by Candlelight event, which was held to raise both money and awareness of the disease. Among those performing were representatives of a number of 'Singing for the Brain' groups run by the Alzheimer's Society. The groups allow people with dementia, along with their carers, to express themselves and socialise with others.

Speaking afterwards, Sarah said: "This was an atmospheric and emotional event.

"Since dad's death I have been very keen to do whatever I can to raise awareness of dementia and encourage people to reach out if they are worried about memory loss.

"You can live a life following diagnosis."

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