Ann hits the right note

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ANN Cottriall certainly can hold a tune.

But the 82-year-old has amazed staff at Cardinal Heenan House, in Roby Mill, by overcoming her dementia to sing with Skelmersdale Community Singers.

Dementia sufferer Ann Cattriall at Cardinal Heenan House in Roby Mill

Dementia sufferer Ann Cattriall at Cardinal Heenan House in Roby Mill

The mother-of-three, who has five grandchildren, and spent most of her life in Newtown, used to be a member of St John’s Amateur Dramatics Society and can remember how to perform notes perfectly.

She moved to Cardinal Heenan in 2011 after being diagnosed with dementia,

As part of the care home’s work with the Lancashire Workshop Development Partnership Dementia Initiative – a programme of events and in depth courses for staff involved in caring for people with the illness - Ann will be performing for elderly residents at Skelmersdale Ecumenical Centre on September 8 to show them her achievements.

Lesley Malone, a carer for Stocks Home Care and Nursing Agency, who has been working with Ann at Cardinal Heenan, said: “The difference in Ann since we have been working with her has been unbelievable.

“She is such a fantastic singer.

“She has made such a breakthrough and so we are going to take her to other residential homes to show them what they could do.

“Her family is overwhelmed and really pleased with her.”