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Sir Cliff Richard talks about his mother's dementia on Songs of Praise

Published 1 December 2008

Sir Cliff Richard will talk about his experiences of his mother's dementia on Songs of Praise on Sunday 7 December.

Sir Cliff recently visited our Dementia Cafe in Weybridge to show his continued support for our services. His visit was recorded for Radio 4's You and Yours programme and you can read the transcript. Filmed footage can also be found on the Songs of Praise website at: www.bbc.co.uk/songsofpraise.

Sir Cliff's mother, Dorothy, passed away last year after living with dementia for more than 10 years.

Asked if the way dementia is portrayed has changed in recent years, Sir Cliff replied:

'I'd like to think it has but there's still a long way to go. Money is always going to be the answer for things like this, to research the causes and hopefully find a cure. But I think the fact that people are talking about dementia much more freely is a great start.

My family and I have been through dementia with my mother and before that we never realised what it all meant. It was a real eye opener for us and a big lesson for us all. And now I find myself able to talk about it quite openly and say that my mum had suffered, ...so yes - I think we're on the way to improving things.'

If you would like to hear more from Cliff Richard talking about his mother's dementia, as well as many aspects of his 50 years in show business, he will be talking to Sally Magnusson in a special edition of Songs of Praise on BBC1 on Sunday 7 December.