Belfast Telegraph

Acts line up for charity concert

Ash, the Divine Comedy and the Undertones are to perform in a charity concert in November for Alzheimer's relief.

The acts will each perform a classic album at the Ulster Hall in Belfast on November 3.

Tim Wheeler, singer with Ash, said his father died in January after suffering from Alzheimer's.

"I spent a lot of time in the hospital with him and saw many other patients and families going through exactly the same thing as we were going through," he said.

"As my dad's condition deteriorated I felt very helpless as there was nothing I could do except visit him as much as possible."

The father of Neil Hannon, frontman of the Divine Comedy, has also been diagnosed with Alzheimer's.

"It is a debilitating and frustrating condition and affects not just the sufferer but all those around them," he said.

"It is, however, possible with early diagnosis and medication to continue living a meaningful and enjoyable life, as my dad has shown.

"I find him as entertaining now as ever, just in a much more random sort of way."

There are 17,700 people with dementia in Northern Ireland and by 2021 the number is set to rise to 25,000, according to the Alzheimer's Society.

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