Wayne devlin: Picture Paul Towers

A jazz swing vocalist from Trafford has swung his way through over 600 songs from the Great American Songbook for a full 24 hours to raise funds for Alzheimer’s Society.

Wayne Devlin, who lives in Urmston, held the fundraiser, at Mulino restaurant in Urmston, as a tribute to his music idol Tony Bennett who has recently announced that he is living with Alzheimer’s disease. Wayne has now raised over £8,000 for the charity, with donations still flooding in.

Wayne said “I was very proud to sing for such a very worthy cause. I won’t lie and pretend it was easy, it was very hard going but I knew that my 24 hours would eventually come to an end and I could stop and recover from my exhaustion and sore throat. People with Alzheimers and their friends and family don’t have that luxury. Their struggle is 24 hours a day every single day. I just wanted to give a representation of that”.

A spokesperson for Tony Bennett said

“On behalf of Tony Bennett, we want to thank Wayne Devlin for all he is doing to support funding for Alzheimers Disease while honoring Tony’s musical legacy’.

“One of the primary reasons for making Tony’s diagnosis public was to advocate and encourage support to find new therapies and hopefully a cure for this disease which affects so many people across the globe in so many different ways’.

“We hope that Wayne’s efforts will be one of many more that will follow to raise awareness and work towards eradicating dementia and memory loss for future generations.”

Wayne was featured on the BBC’s North West Tonight programme which sent a flurry of support for him from all across the North West.

Wayne concluded.”I’d like to thank everybody who has donated so far. I hope that if people haven’t donated yet but still wish to do so, will visit my justgiving page www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Wayne-Devlin as every penny really will help.”

(Cover pic Paul Towers)