Stan and Ruth Grimmett married in 1968. They lived a happy life, filled with love and surrounded by family, before Stan's diagnosis of vascular dementia. Despite this devastating condition claiming most of his memories, he was still able to let Ruth know that she'd been the love of his life; the Glue that had been holding him on.
This charity single is their story.
Glue is performed by The Occasional Orchestra, a six-piece indie folk band based in the Midlands. Lead singer Darrell Mitchell wrote the song about his father-in-law Stan and, with the support of Ruth and the rest of Stan's family, we're aiming to raise £10,000 to provide music therapy to people living with dementia.
You can help us by downloading Glue, making a donation and sharing the music video with family and friends.
Music therapy is a group-led or one-to-one treatment that helps to alleviate some of the symptoms of dementia – such as agitation and anxiety – experienced by Stan and millions of others. It gives people living with dementia a chance to unlock special memories and express emotions and feelings that other forms of communication cannot, even if the individual is no longer able to speak or respond to other people’s words.
Stan wasn’t able to benefit from this life-enhancing therapy before his death. With your help, thousands more people like him living with the devastating impact of dementia might.
Music is truly magical - it can alleviate isolation and the symptoms for those living with dementia by helping to unlock special memories and express emotions and feelings that other forms of communication cannot, even if the individual is no longer able to speak or respond to other people’s words.
To learn more about the power of music therapy, please visit our Music Therapy Appeal page