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Chris’ story

Chris lives in Orpington, South London with his wife Margaret and was diagnosed with PSP in March 2015.

Chris is a member of barber shop chorus ‘The Kentones’ and finds that singing with the group has a really positive impact.

“The Kentones has a 40-year history and the current president was a founding member”

explains Chris.

“I’ve only been part of the group for the last 12 or 13 years since I retired but I wish I’d joined donkeys’ ago – it’s great fun! I’d never done anything similar before although I did always sing in the bath and at work, where I annoyed my colleagues by getting the words wrong!”

The group has a repertoire of around 20 songs, including A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square, Almost Like Being In Love and songs from shows such as Les Miserables, and meets each week to rehearse.

“There’s a real sense of camaraderie, we’re all mates!”

says Chris.

“I do walk away from rehearsals on a bit of a high. Although I tend to get a little tired now, PSP doesn’t seem to have affected my singing.”

Performances are also a high point for Chris, and a smaller group of Kentones known as ‘Acafellas’ recently sang at a meeting of our South London group.

“It was good to be able to do a morning performance as I wasn’t so tired”

Chris tells us.

“We seemed to be well received as always – but then you only get out what you put in and we do put a lot into it!”

Chris and his family are active members of the South London group, with various family members also working hard to raise funds for PSPA.

“I’m really proud of how the family have pulled together since my diagnosis, they’ve done really well” says Chris. “It was obviously a shock at first, it’s the last thing you expect, but life goes on. I try to carry on regardless and The Kentones certainly help me to stay positive.”

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