Care home residents in Grantham to sing for Comic Relief

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Septuagenarians will be singing, octogenarians will be striving for the right octave and residents in their 90s at two care homes in Grantham are hoping to hit the right note today (Friday) as they take part in the ‘Sing A Song Challenge’ for Red Nose Day.

Residents of Apple Trees Care and Reablement Centre, off Springfield Road, and Gregory House, in Welby Gardens, are among 15 Orders of St John Care Trust (OSJCT)-operated care homes across Lincolnshire to be taking part in the fund-raiser.

They will join thousands of others in care settings across the UK in singing ‘Sing’ by the Carpenters.

Beginning at 3pm on the dot, the sing-along has been organised by the National Activity Providers Association (NAPA), the charitable membership organisation representing more than 2,500 activity co-ordinators working in the care sector.

The Comic Relief performance will mark the launch of NAPA’s ‘Carry On Singing Challenge’, which runs until June and encourages people to get together regularly to stage short singing sessions, as singing aids people’s health and wellbeing.

As well as residents and employees, OSJCT has invited relatives and members of the local community, including volunteers and schoolchildren, to join in the sing-song.

“We’re really looking forward to Red Nose Day and having a good old sing-along to a classic song, which the residents love,” said area operations director Caroline Dungan. “Hopefully, as well as staying in tune, we will also raise some money for Comic Relief through donations.

“NAPA plays a very important role in supporting our employees and providing activities that are respectful, creative, innovative and fun for residents, so we’re delighted to be taking part in their Sing A Song Challenge.”

OSJCT employs over 4,000 employees and cares for more than 3,500 older people, all of whom will be singing along to The Carpenters’ 1973 hit, which was written by Joe Raposo for the children’s television show Sesame Street.

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