X Factor sensation surprises care home residents ahead of their 100th birthdays
Star of The X Factor Andy Abraham visited Bupa care homes in Sheffield and Huddersfield to surprise residents ahead of their 100th birthdays.
Andy took time out of his busy schedule as he prepares to embark on a nationwide tour to commemorate the 100th anniversary of jazz legend Nat King Cole’s birth.
Heading to Bupa’s Broomcroft House in Parkhead, Sheffield, Andy joined residents for morning tea in a special event for Edna Dickson and Bernard Stacey, who will both be turning 100 later this year.
Andy performed some of Nat’s most iconic hits to the delight of residents, with many of them fans of Nat King Cole.
They included Edna Dickson, who will turn 100 in June. A former member of the Women’s Land Army, she served on a farm in Warwickshire during the Second World War.
One of her most memorable moments was in 1950 when she joined other land girls at Buckingham Palace to be rewarded with a medal by the Queen Mother in recognition of her war service.
Fellow resident Bernard, who is also turning 100 this year, was thrilled with Andy’s rendition of The Lady in Red - one of his favourite songs.
Joanna Haritou, Activities Co-ordinator at Broomcroft House, said: “A lot of our residents are fans of Nat King Cole and the day was fabulous. We saw residents dancing, some of their relatives turned up, and it was just a great day. Bernard is particularly a fan of jazz and so loves Nat King Cole. It was a wonderful experience for everyone involved.”
Andy was delighted to give an early taste of things to come in is live tour for the residents.
“It was incredible meeting Edna and Bernard, who are going to be turning 100 this year,” he said. “The reaction from the residents was so heart-warming. The people here have different forms of dementia, but they were so receptive to Nat King Cole.
“Edna was on her feet and dancing and it was wonderful to see. It was an emotional day.”
Broomcroft House wasn’t the only care home in Yorkshire that Andy made a surprise appearance at. He also headed to Huddersfield’s Bupa Cleveland House, where he met Marie Inge Williams (known as Inga) who will be turning 100 later this year.
Andy performed there and presented Inga with a beautiful bunch of flowers. Inga is originally from Germany and has lived in Yorkshire since the 50s. She loves art, gardening, drawing and music and the home said she was blown away by Andy’s performance.
Debbie McAliskey, Activities Co-ordinator at Cleveland House, said: “All of the residents were very excited for Andy to come and thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Everyone was clapping and singing along, and Inga was over the moon when Andy presented her with her flowers.”
Andy said: “I had a wonderful time – it was emotional and really enlightening for me personally.”
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