Son who makes car karaoke videos with dad to help his dementia wins award

Chiara Giordano (07 December, 2017) Culture Health

Simon McDermott and his dad Teddy have raised £150,000 for the Alzheimer’s Society over the past year

A son who makes car karaoke videos with his dad to help his dementia has won an award.

Simon McDermott, 41, and his 81-year-old dad Teddy became internet sensations after uploading a video to YouTube of them singing in the car.

The pair managed to raise £150,000 and awareness for the Alzheimer’s Society over the past year through their videos.

And Simon, from Borough, scooped Individual Fundraiser of the Year at the National Dementia Friendly Awards last Wednesday, November 29, for his efforts.

He was one of three finalists hoping to win the award, which recognises inspiring individuals who have demonstrated a positive impact on the lives of those coping with dementia.

Simon McDermott (far left) with dad Teddy (centre) as they celebrate their win

Speaking after the awards ceremony, hosted by Alzheimer’s Society ambassador Angela Rippon CBE at London County Hall, Simon said: “Me and dad didn’t expect this.

“We just wanted to make a difference, as we know what it is like to be affected by dementia and we want to give something back to Alzheimer’s Society.

“The Alzheimer’s Society helpline was really helpful – if it wasn’t there, I’m not sure what I would have done.”

Simon McDermott (right) with his dad Teddy

 

Sofia Cetta, community fundraiser for south east London at the Alzheimer’s Society, added: “It’s amazing that Simon has won the Individual Fundraiser of the Year award. It’s a testament to his tremendous efforts to raise money for the Society and awareness of dementia.

“The level of nominations received this year was phenomenal and there were some exceptional stories heard at the awards ceremony.

“All the finalists and winners at the Dementia Friendly Awards have demonstrated how we can unite against dementia and support those affected by the condition.”

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