Charlie Dimmock helps plant 'Tulips from Amsterdam' in memory of Max Bygraves (From Bournemouth Echo)
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Charlie Dimmock helps plant 'Tulips from Amsterdam' in memory of Max Bygraves
GARDENING TV star Charlie Dimmock joined singer Anthony Bygraves at a Westbourne care home on Wednesday, planting tulips in memory of his father Max.
The pair planted ‘Tulips from Amsterdam’ – a special package of bulbs named after Max’s 1958 hit – on what would have been his 91st birthday, at Sunrise Senior Living in Westbourne.
Among the bulbs was one named ‘Max’s Blossom’ after Max’s wife Blossom.
“Gardening is what I do, it’s great to be able to support the Alzheimer’s Society and this project as it is close to Anthony’s heart,” said Charlie, long-term presenter of TV’s Ground Force.
The event marked the launch of Spring-Along-a-Max, named after Max’s popular Singalongamax records, which will see his son tour with a memorial sing-along show, collecting money to plant tulips at residential homes across the country.
“Thank you everybody at Sunrise Senior Living for letting me start off this tulip planting in Westbourne, so close to our Bygraves family spiritual home of more than 40 years,” said Mr Bygraves, 66.
“Dad suffered from Alzheimer’s but he could always remember the lyrics to the 1,400 songs he sang.
“The people in the homes where I perform remember than all as well, it is a trip down memory lane for them, a kind of therapy in action.
“Dad made a lot of people happy and I feel it is my responsibility to keep that going.”
Max Bygraves died on August 31 last year in Australia, aged 89, after suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease for several years.
His son, who lives in West Cliff, is collecting funds for the Alzheimer’s Society via his Just Giving page, and the ‘Tulips from Amsterdam’ collection on peternyssen.com Wendy Blow, community relations director at the home, said: “We were delighted to host such a wonderful event – it was a lovely way to celebrate Max’s life.”
To donate visit justgiving.com/maxbygravescharitysingle
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