Morecambe singer unlocks vintage memories for people with dementia

Bexi Owen.
Bexi Owen.
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A jazz singer from Morecambe is using her velvet voice for a very worthy cause.

Bexi Owen has set up a project to raise funds for people with dementia.

‘Forget Me Never’ sees Bexi perform at care homes and community centres across the country aiming to use live music and authentic vintage memorabilia to stimulate memory and improve well-being of people with dementia.

Bexi, a former Morecambe High School pupil and touring vintage-style singer, began the project after singing at a wartime memorial event where she saw how members of the audience who had dementia responded to the music.

“When raising initial funds I set up a crowdfunding campaign and played an accompanying live tour,” said Bexi.

“The support for both was overwhelming and so many people got in touch with their own stories. To keep the project going I thought it might be a nice idea to record some of the jazz classics that I sing during the sessions so I did!”

Bexi hopes to employ a team of volunteers to run sessions in areas she can’t travel to.

Funds raised will go towards travels costs for volunteers, purchasing memory aids and equipment for the sessions such as original 1950s items to stimulate long term memory.

She hopes to bring the project to Morecambe soon and is working with Councillor Margaret Pattison, Lancaster City Council’s champion for older people.