Dementia-sufferers and their carers will have the opportunity to enjoy an afternoon at the opera for free thanks to an initiative by the West Norfolk Gilbert and Sullivan Society.
The local opera society has given Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Cafes in West Norfolk 24 tickets to its performance of Pirates of Penzance on January 31.
The offer is part of a Charity Twinning project which gives a business the opportunity to sponsor a performance and fund the free tickets. The Cafes have been paired with The Mortgage Bureau.
Amanda Arterton, of the Gilbert and Sullivan Society, said “This was an ideal opportunity to get even more involved with this charity and to offer 24 complimentary tickets to people living with dementia and their carers to attend the matinee performance in January 2015.”
As well as offering free tickets, Alzheimer’s Society will also have the opportunity to hold a collection at the end of the performance, enabling them to raise funds for the charity.
Tori Ablard, Alzheimer’s Society community fundraiser, said: “People with dementia often retain memories of songs and melodies for longer than other memories. This means that the opera can provide a fantastic opportunity for a day out.
“Initiatives such as this one are also a brilliant example of how businesses and organisations can work together to help improve the lives of people with dementia and can support people to enjoy hobbies and activities for longer.”
Anne Biggar, service manager for Alzheimer’s Society, said: “We realise that there will be many who want to obtain a ticket, so all the names will be put into a hat and winners of the free tickets will be drawn at the Lynn Café.
Tickets for The Pirates of Penzance are available from the box office on 01553 764864, the show will be at Lynn Arts Centre from January 28-31.