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Caring for Carers: The Concert

Tommy Whitelaw lived the high life as road manager on world tours for rock bands but it all stopped when his mum Joan became ill with dementia. Whilst caring for his mum, Tommy started campaigning to raise awareness of the struggles family members face in caring for their loved ones.

It's Tommy's dream to put on a concert with a specially invited audience of carers to thank them and celebrate the wonderful part they play in our society.

The date is 20th January. The venue is the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. It's all part of Celtic Connections. Now he just needs some bands to sign up, and someone to pay for the canapes.

Will he succeed? Cathy Macdonald finds out.

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28 minutes

Last on

Wed 5 Feb 2014 13:32

Alzheimer Scotland

Alzheimer Scotland helps people with dementia, their carers and families. They offer personalised support services, community activities, information and advice, at every stage of the dementia journey.

24 hour Dementia Helpline: 0808 808 3000

Dementia Web

Dementia Web is an all-age dementia information resource for the UK. It aims to help people with dementia, their carers and health professionals find empowering information about dementia and the support and care services available to them in the UK. 

Contact them by phone 24 hours a day on 0845 120 4048, 

Or visit, where you will also find links to local dementia websites.

Dementia UK

Dementia UK is a national charity committed to improving quality of life for all people affected by dementia. Admiral Nurses are specialist mental health nurses who work within the National Health Service and other care settings and are supported by Dementia UK. They provide practical and emotional support to families affected by dementia.

Admiral Nursing DIRECT helpline: 0845 257 9406


Carers UK

Carers UK is a charity set up to support the millions of people who look after an older, disabled or seriously ill family member or friend, providing support, information and advice about caring and campaigning to make life better for carers.

If you need advice about your caring situation you can call their Advice Line on 0808 808 7777, or email  

Alternatively, find out more by visiting them online at

The Princess Royal Trust for Carers in Scotland

The Princess Royal Trust for Carers in Scotland, a part of Carer’s Trust is a provider of comprehensive support services.

Phone: 0141 221 5066