“My grandma was one of the sweetest souls you could ever meet – we were very close. Although she was tiny, she was incredibly strong and cared for my grandad for years as he had severe rheumatoid arthritis. She was devastated when he died and seemed to lose her spark for life. A few years later Alzheimer’s crept on and her memories seemed frozen insider her. It opened our eyes to the desperate lack of funding for research into this cruel disease.
“When she was younger, Grandma enjoyed singing and could have gone on to be a professional dancer if circumstances were different. I’ve probably got my love of music and rhythm from her – she always encouraged me. But for the last few years of her life she needed 24-hour care. She didn’t recognise any of us and couldn’t speak – it was heartbreaking. She’d be proud to know this song is a tribute to her and that it will raise money for the new treatments so desperately needed for Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.
“My single is just the start of my plans to raise money and awareness for Alzheimer’s Research UK. I’m lining-up a series of music events, starting with a concert at the Ilkley Playhouse on 30 June. Writing music and performing live is my passion and having this positive focus makes it so worthwhile. It’s young people like me who’ll reap the benefits of today’s pioneering research. I want to do my bit to help so that other people don’t have to suffer like my wonderful grandma.”
It's a wonderful song emulating Ruperts love for his Grandma. There's a touching sincerity and rawness to the track which gives it a soft spot in our hearts (and tear in our eye).