Singer-songwriter Rupert Stroud is putting his musical talents to good use by throwing a special concert to raise funds for Cambridge-based national charity, Alzheimer’s Research UK.
The gig, which will be held at The Portland Arms in Cambridge on 15 July, is a great opportunity to enjoy a live performance from Yorkshire-born Rupert and his band. All profits are being donated to Alzheimer’s Research UK, to help power research into diagnosis, prevention and treatments for dementia.
The 28-year-old’s indie-rock sounds have attracted a strong following and seen him open concerts for the likes of Texas and James Blunt.
He is currently writing and recording his third album, after his last, Chasing the Night, received critical acclaim.
His Talk to You EP, which was released last spring, reached number 11 in the iTunes singer/songwriter charts, sitting comfortably between Ed Sheeran and Ben Howard.
Rupert’s latest single, The One, is available for pre-order on iTunes and Google Play now.
Rupert’s inspiration for supporting Alzheimer’s Research UK is his grandma, Eileen Heyes, who died in 2009 after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s disease.
She was 87 when she passed away, having spent the last four years of her life in a care home. She was bed-bound, could not talk and could no longer recognise her family.
In 2012, Rupert released a charity single, Always, as a tribute to his grandma. The proceeds from this also went to Alzheimer’s Research UK, the UK’s leading dementia research charity, and he has raised thousands of pounds for the charity so far.
Rupert said: “My grandma was one of the sweetest souls you could ever meet – we were very close.
“She was such a beautiful and talented woman, but Alzheimer’s slowly stripped away every facet of her.
“It was a very traumatic time for our family as we watched helplessly while she gradually became unrecognisable as the vibrant and happy woman she had once been.
“The band and I will be putting on a great show for everyone at The Portland Arms and all to raise funds for Alzheimer’s Research UK. “Seeing my grandma slip away opened my eyes to the need for funding research into this cruel disease.
“I am convinced that with continued research into dementia, we will find more effective treatments and ultimately a cure for this dreadful condition.”
Rupert Stroud has garnered a lot of radio support, from stations including BBC Radio 2, BBC 6Music, NME and Q Radio. He hopes to use his music’s popularity to raise more awareness of dementia.
Hannah Reynolds, Community & Sporting Events Officer at Alzheimer’s Research UK, said: “We can’t wait to see Rupert perform in Cambridge on 15 July.
“We can’t thank him enough for his incredible support. The money raised from the concert will help us to find world class dementia research, giving hope to the 850,000 people currently living with dementia in the UK.”
Tickets to see Rupert Stroud from 8pm on 15 July at The Portland Arms, Cambridge, are £8.50 and can be purchased from www.rupertstroudmusic.com.
For further information about Alzheimer’s Research UK, or to find out more about fundraising for the charity, call 0300 111 5555 or visit www.alzheimersresearchuk.org.