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Snow Patrol help to raise money for Alzheimer's charity

Snow Patrol help to raise money for Alzheimer's charity
10th January 2014

Belfast indie band Snow Patrol did their bit to support research into Alzheimer's disease when they headlined a special event in their home city on December 30th.

The quintet, whose hits include Run and Chasing Cars, took to the stage at the intimate Limelight 2 venue and helped to raise more than £10,000 for the charity Alzheimer's Research UK.

Also on the bill were local acts Amidships, The Jane Bradfords, Katie & The Canabal and Runaway Go.

Named 'REMember', the evening had an R.E.M theme, with each of the bands signing songs originally produced by the famous American rock band. Snow Patrol themselves opened their set with a cover of 'Nightswimming' before launching into hits from their own back catalogue.

The event was arranged by local radio DJ Joe Lindsay in honour of one of his relatives that has the devastating cognitive condition.

"It’s a devastating disease that directly or indirectly affects everyone I know, yet research into Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias is so drastically underfunded," Mr Lindsay said.

"It was a big ask for Snow Patrol to headline the night as they’re rarely at home at the same time. I’ve known the boys for years and they didn’t hesitate when I asked if they’d perform at the event. They’re just a great bunch of lads who happen to be amazingly talented and successful."

He added that many of the bands on the bill had given up their Christmas to rehearse and he is extremely grateful for their support.

On top of the money raised from ticket sales, a signed copy of Snow Patrol's set list was auctioned off, raising £1,041.

According to Alzheimer's Research UK, there are currently around 16,000 people living with some form of dementia in Northern Ireland and the money raised from the gig will pay for over 500 hours of vital research.

Find out about dementia care and support services at Barchester care homes.