Simon McDermott and his dad Teddy Mac, the ‘Songaminute’ Man, have been awarded the Special Recognition Award at this year’s Daily Mirror Pride of Britain Awards.
We first featured Teddy on our Facebook page back in August, when he and Simon smashed their £1,000 fundraising target for Alzheimer’s Society and quickly reached £10,000 in donations. The former Butlin’s Redcoat raised dementia awareness by recording and sharing videos of the pair singing classic songs, much in the style of the popular Carpool Karaoke series. Fans donated to Mac’s JustGiving page, which eventually received over £128, 000.
In September it was announced that Teddy would be releasing his debut single at the age of 80. He recorded his version of the Frank Sinatra classic ‘You Make Me Feel So Young’ along with the ‘Quando Quando Quando’ B-side, which proved to be one of the most popular YouTube videos recorded by Simon and Teddy. Proceeds from sales of the single were split between Alzheimer’s Society and Teddy’s family. The single peaked at number 14 in the midweek chart and charted at number 43!
Speaking about the Pride of Britain Awards win, Simon says:
I am over the moon to have been awarded a Pride of Britain award – it’s just amazing and means so much. The past few months have been an absolute whirlwind for me, Dad and the rest of the family. I could never have predicted just how well Songaminute would take off, that Dad would get to record a single and the Pride of Britain award is just the cherry on the cake. Anything me and Dad can do to raise awareness about living with dementia and the really positive impact that music can have on those affected by is an achievement for me – not to mention being able to make a very public thank you to Alzheimer’s Society for their support.
To anyone out there affected by dementia as we have been, I want to say keep on going. Stay strong – you can do it.
Responding to the news that Teddy and Simon will receive a Pride of Britain Award, Jeremy Hughes, Chief Executive of Alzheimer’s Society, said:
Simon and Teddy’s inspiring and touching Songaminute Man videos are not only raising vital funds for Alzheimer’s Society, but highlighting the positive impact that listening to music and singing can have for people with dementia. They truly deserve this recognition.
We’re pleased that our National Dementia Helpline supported Simon when he was coming to terms with his father’s diagnosis. Our Helpline advisers are here to support anyone affected by dementia by providing a listening ear, practical advice and help with signposting to other support services for people with dementia and their carers.
Huge congratulations to Simon and Teddy on this fantastic achievement – we are so grateful for their support.
- You can catch Teddy and Simon on The Pride of Britain Awards when it airs on Tuesday 1 November at 8pm on ITV.