Barnsley-born folk singer and song writer, Kate Rusby, has become Barnsley Independent Alzheimer’s and Dementia Support (BIADS) first ever ambassador. She can add this accolade to her many others

including Patron of Yorkshire and Honorary Doctorate of both Sheffield Hallam and Huddersfield Universities.

BIADS offers a number of activities and services at its dedicated Dementia Support Centre close to Barnsley town centre, for both people with dementia and carers. Music-based activities include a singers’ group and circle dancing. When asked why she had agreed to take on this new role Kate said:

“My Nanan, Ivy, suffered from dementia in the last years of her life, so I have witnessed first-hand the devastating effect on the unfortunate souls that develop the disease, not only that but also how distressing it is for their family around them. But I also have witnessed the joy and light that music and dance brings to people with dementia. The change in people is just astonishing and makes such a huge difference to their lives. I am delighted to be an ambassador for BIADS, and very proud to have such a facility in Barnsley.”

Linda Pattison, BIADS’ Chief Officer says: “It’s brilliant that someone as high-profile as Kate wants to associate her name with BIADS, as she will get many charity requests.”