Singing legend Tony Bennett praises Irishman who will perform for 24 hours to raise Alzheimer's charity funds

Singing legend Tony Bennett praises Irishman who will perform for 24 hours to raise Alzheimer's charity funds

SINGER Wayne Devlin is taking on a 24-hour challenge to raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Society.

The Manchester based entertainer, who is also an actor, presenter and voice artist, will perform songs from the Great American Songbook in his 'Swing-a-thon'.

"I read about my musical hero Tony Bennett being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and how music really helps him,” Mr Devlin, whose father hails from Newry in Co. Down, explained this week.

“Living with Alzheimer’s is a 24 hours a day condition so I want to pay respect to Tony Bennett and all those living with Alzheimer’s by singing for a full 24 hours to hopefully raise as much money as I possibly can for the charity,” he added.

Wayne Devlin's challenge kicks off on Friday, March 5

The singer will take on his challenge on Friday, March 5 and will livestream the event so supporters can watch on as he performs.

And news of his fundraising attempt has even reached his idol - with Tony Bennett tweeting his praise for Mr Devlin's efforts, stating it's "absolutely inspiring to see fans making a change in the world".

"The Alzheimer’s Society has been seriously affected by COVID-19 in their fundraising and in the day to day running of the charity,” Mr Devlin explained.

“Those living with Alzheimer’s, their families and those in care homes have also been severely affected.

“I hope to raise funds to help alleviate even just a small amount of that pressure and I'm humbly asking that the community get behind this 24 hour 'Swing-a-thon'".

"I will be putting updates on my community website and my personal website

“I will also be live streaming the event so you can follow my progress over the 24 hours. All details on how to watch the 'Swing-a-thon' will be on the websites".

Mr Devlin’s singing challenge will begin at 6pm on Friday, March 5 and finish at 6pm on Saturday, March 6.

He will be singing in the window at Mulino restaurant in Urmston, Manchester, following social distancing rules.

“I I hope that if you are in the area, and passing by, you will drop a pound or whatever you can afford into my collection box and don't forget to give me a wave," he added.

For more information about Mr Devlin’s 'Swing-a-thon' fundraiser or to make a donation click here.