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King's Lynn singalong shows care home residents they're not forgotten

Charitable concerts brought music to the ears of residents of the Gables Care Home and Millbridge Care Home in Lynn as they were treated to uplifting singalong tour organised by a British armed forces charity.

The Not Forgotten, who support serving and ex-service men and women, launched their Summertime Special series of nationwide outdoor concerts to boost the morale of thousands of care home residents across the nation.

They have been some of the hardest affected by loneliness and isolation during lockdown.

Abiding by current social distancing regulations in UK care homes, residents and staff gathered for the fun-filled events which saw the Not Forgotten’s professional entertainment team bring music, song, dance and a real party atmosphere to their homes.

Residents clapped their hands, tapped their feet and sang along with smiles on their faces as new memories were created listening to familiar feel-good favourites from the 60’s and 70’s ranging from ABBA to Elvis and the Beatles.

Stef Loose, who is the registered manager at The Gables Care Home said: “Our residents and team really enjoyed singing along and dancing to the music - it really lifted all our spirits. We look forward to welcoming The Not Forgotten to The Gables for a third time.”

Denice Howard, registered home manager of Millbridge Care Home said: “The afternoon was amazing. To see our services users so animated and happy makes it all worthwhile, a massive thank you to all concerned, we needed this little bit of normal.”

Brigadier James Stopford, chief executive, of The Not Forgotten said: “We’re thrilled to embark on this morale boosting tour, building on the enormous success of last year’s events which had such a positive impact on so many care home residents during the pandemic.

"According to Age UK there are 1.4m chronically lonely older people in England, and many more across the rest of the UK.

"Our Springtime Special tour will enable us to connect with many of these people, bringing joy and entertainment into their homes as sadly, extreme loneliness and isolation is set to endure throughout 2021.

"Music provides such a boost to individuals emotional wellbeing and over the years we have seen incredibly positive reactions from residents who delight in the entertainment and the connection of interacting, at a safe distance, of course, with our performers.

"One hundred years ago soprano Marta Cunningham founded The Not Forgotten based on the principles of providing entertainment and recreation to those who have worn their nation’s uniform and now suffer and we are delighted that to this day, a big part of our work continues to bring entertainment to those we support across the UK.”

The Not Forgotten support any serving man or woman who is wounded, injured or sick and any veteran with a disability, illness or infirmity, whatever the cause and whenever it arose.

Any serving or former member of the Royal Navy, the Royal Marines, the British Army, the Royal Air Force and the Merchant Navy, both regular and reserve Forces, may be eligible for their help.

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