An English nursing home has turned residents into world-famous rock stars and musicians in order to keep them entertained while being under lockdown from the coronavirus for the past four months.
Residents and some staff at Sydmar Lodge Care Home in Edgware, England recreated Adele’s “21”, Taylor Swift’s “1989”, Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the USA,” Bruce Springsteen’s “Queen II” Queen and “Bad” by Michael Jackson. covers. Other recreations included “Aladdin Sane” by David Bowie and “True Blue” by Madonna.
Robert Speker, coordinator of the establishment’s activities, shared images with the world via his Twitter account in early July.
He explained that he came up with the idea for the purpose of entertaining the residents during the lockdown, and then made suggestions on albums and artists that would match the residents.
“Then I proposed the idea to each inhabitant. Fortunately, they were all excited and maybe a little puzzled by the idea, but happy to participate, ”said Speker.
The images have been shared thousands of times online and the establishment has received an overwhelmingly positive response to their photo project. The facility and residents are now using their newfound fame to raise funds for three UK based charities: Dementia Friends UK, the Alzheimer’s Society and Age UK.
The facility seeks to raise 5,000 pounds (approximately $ 6,498). So far, he’s raised 3,200 pounds (about $ 4,158), or 65% of his goal.
“Seniors will be locked away for a long time, and I want their time to be as happy and full of fun and interest as possible,” said Speker.
He is now taking one more step towards achieving his goal.