Older people hope to break into the charts

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RESIDENTS at Bethune Court are singing from the same song sheet as they hope to break into the charts with a charity single.

Around 15 residents from the care home in Boscobel Road, St Leonards, are joining staff and older people from Anchor care homes across the UK to record their original song See Yourself.

All money raised from record sales will go to Contact the Elderly, a charity which aims to combat the loneliness and social isolation faced by many older people who live alone.

Volunteer hosts hold free, monthly tea parties in their own homes, with drivers collecting and accompanying the guests to the events.

The lyrics of the song were shaped by answers to questionnaires completed by older people from Hastings and St Leonards, and the rest of Britain about their life experiences.

Beryl Perryman, 81, who has lived at Bethune Court for three years, is one of the local members of the Anchor Community Band.

She said: “The song is so powerful because the words reflect the life experiences of older people across the country.

“I hope lots of people buy the record because it’s a true celebration of older people’s achievements.

“It should hopefully raise lots of money for Contact the Elderly, which is such a worthwhile cause.”

The Anchor Community Band will now have several weeks of rehearsals before recording the song.

Keith Arscott, director at Contact the Elderly, said: “We are extremely grateful to Anchor and can’t wait for the single to be released. The money raised will be invaluable in helping us to extend our vital lifeline of friendship to more isolated older people.”

Contact Bethune Court on 0845 140 2020.




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