Stanley Klinger, a 91-year-old resident at Cecil Rosen Court in Bushey, has been cheering up residents during lockdown by singing to them over the phone, and it has received an amazing response.
The singing even led him to appearing on Channel 5’s The Jeremy Vine Show, where he spoke all about what he has been doing, and even gave the audience a taste of one of the songs.
It started at the beginning of April and Stanley has told us that he has sung to more than 50 people over the phone and has been overwhelmed with the response he has got.
He said: “I wanted to find a way to keep my voice going, and to make people happy in doing so. I’m really enjoying it, and I’m so glad people have taken to it.
“I thought I would have been nervous when I was on television, but everyone has told me that I seemed very calm. It was good to be able to sing on there too, but I couldn’t for long due to copyright restrictions!”
Mr Klinger has lived in Bushey for over 40 years after previously living in Finchley. He spent two years in the Royal Air Force between 1947 and 1949.
Stanley continued: “Everyone has pulled together during the uncertain times of the virus and I thought this was something I could do to keep myself busy, but also speak to people who were in need of a bit of a cheer up.”
He lives in his own flat at Cecil Rosen Court and has been allowed to sit outside in the warm weather with other residents, whilst socially distanced.