Eye care home to join in sing-along for Vera Lynn’s 100th birthday

Residents at Hartismere Place care home in Eye are preparing for an event to celebrate Vera Lynn's 1

Residents at Hartismere Place care home in Eye are preparing for an event to celebrate Vera Lynn's 100th birthday. Picture: CARE UK - Credit: Archant

A care home is inviting residents to join a sing-along to celebrate Vera Lynn's 100th birthday.

Hartismere Place care home in Castleton Way, Eye is inviting people to strike a chord for the forces sweetheart's milestone birthday at the event on Monday, March 20, from 2.30pm.

Visitors will be able to enjoy entertainment from a nearby signing group - The Gislingham Jubilee Singers - and a special birthday afternoon tea, complete with homemade birthday cake.

Residents and the care home team will be ensuring visitors are pitch perfect for the rendition of the popular wartime song We'll Meet Again, with lyrics available and tasty treats on hand for all.

Marie Reeve, home manager at Hartismere Place, said: 'We are all looking forward to taking a walk down memory lane and having a good sing-along to celebrate Vera Lynn's milestone birthday.


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'Singing can be a powerful reminiscence activity and Vera Lynn has written a number of iconic songs that many residents are likely to have grown up listening to.

'Even when memories become particularly hard to remember often music can still be recalled, so a group sing-along can often be very calming for those living with dementia and can encourage them to talk about memories from their childhood.

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'We look forward to welcoming the people of Eye to Hartismere Place for this special occasion.'

Last month the care home also organised an exclusive screening of a film featuring Storyteller Laureate Taffy Thomas MBE to celebrate World Aloud Day, an annual event which celebrates the importance of reading aloud.

Ms Reeve said: 'Reading aloud has many therapeutic benefits for older people.

'It is calming for those living with dementia, helpful for those with failing eyesight, and soothing for those unable to communicate. It is also an enjoyable activity that family and friends can do with their loved one when paying them a visit.'

For more information on Hartismere Place, please call customer relations manager Angela Hodge on 01379 888144, email angela.hodge@careuk.com or visit careuk.com/hartismere-place

For more information on which Care UK homes are taking part in We'll Sing Again, please go to careuk.com/sing

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