A GROUP of singing friends have produced a CD to raise money for Alzheimer Scotland, which features a song written to mark the opening of the Helensburgh Dementia Centre last year.


Fine Fettle are a group of Loch Lomondside friends who met at the B Flats Choir in Gartocharn in 2005, who went on to form Fine Fettle in 2009.


Since then the group have become increasingly busy entertaining at church guilds and senior citizen groups with their music which spans traditional Scottish, pop songs and songs from film and theatre.


The group regularly perform at Alzheimer Scotland’s music group in Helensburgh and were delighted when asked to perform at the opening last year.


Member Lisa Findlay said: “We felt it would be nice to mark this special occasion, so for the first time member Linda More put pen to paper and composed a song.


“Whilst I don’t have Alzheimer’s disease I do have a chronic progressive muscle condition, so I know first-hand the importance of having friends and family to light the way when the going is tough.


“My husband’s response when I apologise for not being able to do something is ‘you can only play the cards you’re dealt’, hence the last line of the refrain, ‘But to know there’s others caring, reaching out and sharing, makes the cards that life has dealt us easier to play’.”


The group performed the song, called Friends For Life, which is a tribute to Alzheimer Scotland and All Who Care, and got a great response, so Alzheimer Scotland asked them to record it.


Their CD was the result of the response and with the help of CCG, a construction company, the CD was manufactured.


The CDs are available for a suggested donation of £2, with anything more gratefully appreciated,in Drymen Library, Drymen Health Centre, Gartocharn Shop and the Dementia Resource Centre in Helensburgh.