RETIRED QC Franz Muller has exchanged the court room for the swimming pool as he prepares to raise funds for top South Yorkshire dementia charity Lost Chord.
Franz is the husband of Helena Muller, the Chief Executive of the charity that provides vital interactive musical sessions for people living with dementia in care homes and day centres, both across the region and nationally.
And when he heard how Lost Chord was now looking to raise funds to continue its ground breaking work in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, he decided to take the plunge – even though he is himself only just recovering from a stroke at the age of 81!
“Franz had a stroke last year and has only just been able to start walking unaided again,” said Helena.
“He also suffers with dementia himself and is determined to try and make a difference to the lives of all his fellow suffers.
“Therefore, with a lot of determination and support, he has been able to swim several lengths and so greatly wishes to help fundraise for Lost Chord by embarking on a sponsored swim.”
Franz is now swimming ever day in the pool at the family’s home near Rotherham and is certain he is ready to take on the challenge of 100 lengths and give a boost to Lost Chord.
“He won’t be doing it all in one session but he is confident that he can complete around 14 to 16 lengths per day so is hoping to have it all finished in a week of swimming,” said Helena.
“During lockdown Lost Chord has been able to continue to provide music to those with dementia in care homes with online music sessions via YouTube and Franz wants to ensure these continue until the musicians can return safely to perform in our care homes.”