A charity gig headlined by Snow Patrol to fundraise for Alzheimer’s has gathered enough money to pay for almost 450 hours of world-class research into the disease.
The chart-topping band headlined the intimate gig, which had been organised by local DJ and broadcaster Joe Lindsay, who said he is all too aware of the effects of Alzheimer’s as a member of his family has lived with the disease for the past seven years.
The motivation behind the Limelight gig, which featured a 50-minute set from the men behind hits Chasing Cars and Run and raised more than £10,000, was Mr Lindsay’s view that research into the disease does not receive enough funding.
There are currently almost 16,000 people living with Alzheimer’s in Northern Ireland, with more than 2,500 of them resident in Belfast.
“It’s a devastating disease that directly or indirectly affects everyone I know, yet research into Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias is so drastically underfunded,” said the host of BBC travel programme Getaways.
The music enthusiast said he was delighted to be able to theme the evening around one of his favourite bands, and thanked the people of Northern Ireland for their generosity.
“I’ve wanted to put on a gig to raise money for research for a while and chose the R.E.M. theme as I’m a massive fan and the group had such an influence on so many acts, including many of the groups which performed on the night,” he said.
“As a country we love to raise money through music and it’s something we do well. We have a great music community in Belfast and the atmosphere on the night was incredible.”
Mr Lindsay said the commitment by Snow Patrol to play the gig showed that, despite being a worldwide sensation, they have not forgotten their roots.
““It was a big ask for Snow Patrol to headline the night as they’re rarely at home at the same time. They’re just a great bunch of lads who happen to be amazingly talented and successful. They haven’t forgotten where they come from and they were more than happy to support such an important cause.”
Eight hundred people gathered in the Limelight 1, after demand saw a move from the smaller Limelight 2 venue on December 30 for the gig, which also featured local acts including Amidships and The Jane Bradfords.
Jodie Vaughan, community fundraising manager at Alzheimer’s Research UK, said: “We are absolutely thrilled by the amount raised by Joe through his incredible concert.”
Visit www.alzheimersresearchuk.org or call 0300 111 5555 for more information.