Heartwarming video of dad and son singing goes viral

This heartwarming video of an elderly man and his son from Clitheroe singing Quando Quando has gone viral getting nearly 17,000 shares on social media.

Mac McDermott raises funds for the Alzheimer's Society by entertaining everyone with these videos of the pair singing their favourite songs and sharing them on Twitter and Facebook.

Mac said:

I'm fundraising for the Alzheimer's Society because of the advice they've given us in the last few years. Without them we would have had very little idea or support about how to deal with even the basics of Dad's condition.

The more Alzheimer's kicked in, the more Dad became violent - both physically and verbally - it was incredibly difficult to manage. And terrifying at times.

Alzheimer's Society provide a telephone helpline to sufferers and their families. I cannot begin to describe how a stranger's voice at the end of the phoneline helped when things got really bad.

Dad was a singer throughout his life - he was a Butlin's Redcoat and then travelled around singing in clubs around the country. He worked in a factory when he got married and did the occasional bit of singing on side. His nickname is The Songaminute Man - simply because of how many songs he knows.

In the last few years his memory has deteriorated a lot - often not recognising me as his son. Its a horrible illness.

However, now when we've got him singing again he's back in the room. It's these moments that we treasure.

The plan is to share as much of Dad's singing as we can and hopefully it will help raise money to fund the work of the Alzheimer's Society - more specifically to go towards paying for a person at the end of the phoneline to help other people like us.

– Mac McDermott

Alzheimer’s Society is extremely grateful for Simon’s fantastic fundraising efforts in honour of his father, Teddy Mac.‘Songaminute’ is an inspiring and touching idea that is not only raising vital funds for the charity but also highlights the amazingly positive impact that listening to music and singing can have for people with dementia.

It’s been really encouraging to hear that our Helpline has helped Simon while he cares for his father, particularly as he has come to terms with his father’s diagnosis. Our helpline advisers are here to support anyone affected by dementia by providing a listening ear, practical advice and help with signposting to other support services for people with dementia and their carers

– Michael Dent, Director of Fundraising at Alzheimer’s Society

The Just Giving page has raised nearly £10,000 so far and is climbing rapidly. To donate go here and to see even more great duets go to their "SongAMinute" Facebook page.