Local singer Louise Harper has been singing every Thursday in front of St Lauras Care Home, in a quest to lift residents’ spirits up and show her appreciation to carers and key workers.
She started performing on May 14 after she was approached by Anna Iversen who works at the care home. At the time of writing she has sang in front of the home for three weeks in a row.
Engagement lead at St Lauras Care Home, Anna, mentioned: “Louise was singing on the canal on the bridge for her neighbours so I sent her a message asking if she could come and sing outside St Lauras and she was like ‘of course I would love to’, she’s come every week since then and she’s fantastic.
“The residents love her we had some of them literally in happy tears. All residents have been in lockdown for months, they haven’t seen their families or friends, they can’t go out and they can only see their family through the window but not one single person has complained.
“It’s so lovely, all the people who live in the flats above the shops opposite St Lauras enjoy watching Louise sing too.”
Louise said: “For me being able to help, especially the elderly and vulnerable in isolation it’s just amazing. Week by week obviously social distancing we had more and more people along the High Street which has been lovely.
“The first week I did it was very emotional. There were a mother and a little girl there and clearly one of their relatives were in the care home, I think it was the mother’s mum. I was singing Over The Rainbow and they were waving towards the window and they were quite emotional.
“They can’t connect with their families physically and music is a way to bring everyone together, that’s how I see it.”
Some other songs Louise sang are We’ll meet again, You’ll never walk alone and Stand by me. Louise also works for a charity called Electric Umbrella.