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By Chloe Lal

Meet 79-year-old Alzheimer’s sufferer Ted McDermott and his son Simon.

The pair have shot to fame that to their incredible viral videos, including their latest rendition of Quando Quando Quando.

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What makes this video so special is that this father and son duo are are also raising money for the Alzheimer’s Society.

Their aim was to make £1,000 for the charity, but they've raised more than £42,000.

The pensioner, who suffers from the disease, is known as The Songaminute Man, and got the nickname because of how many songs he knows.

Simon recalled how after his father was diagnosed, back in 2013, singing was what would “gets him back in the room”.

And boy, does Mr McDermott have a set of pipes!

He just keeps on belting out those tunes!
He just keeps on belting out those tunes!

Simon explained why it was so important to him to raise money for the debilitating illness.

"“I’m fundraising for the Alzheimer’s Society because of the advice they’ve given us in the last few years. Without them we would have had very little idea or support about how to deal with even the basics of Dad’s condition," he said honestly on his Just Giving page.

“The more Alzheimer’s kicked in, the more Dad became violent – both physically and verbally – it was incredibly difficult to manage. And terrifying at times.”

Ted's son talks about how he used to travel around the country singing.

“In the last few years his memory has deteriorated a lot – often not recognising me as his son. Its a horrible illness. However, now when we’ve got him singing again he’s back in the room. It’s these moments that we treasure," he shared.

“The plan is to share as much of Dad’s singing as we can and hopefully it will help raise money to fund the work of the Alzheimer’s Society – more specifically to go towards paying for a person at the end of the phoneline to help other people like us.”

You can learn more about their efforts by checking out his Just Giving page!

Fans are so impressed with Ted, many are calling for him to make a CD!
Fans are so impressed with Ted, many are calling for him to make a CD!

"It's gone crazy," Simon admitted to the *BBC about the positive reaction.

"The song Quando, Quando, Quando has been really popular. People love it."

"We've had messages from people all over the world saying the videos have brought them so much joy.

"I'd love to get him singing with a band, he'd really love that."

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