Video: Ipswich care home staff and residents aim for number one with The Anchor Community Band charity single

Staff and residents at Woodland Manor Care Home, Ipswich, are hoping to hit the charts after recordi

Staff and residents at Woodland Manor Care Home, Ipswich, are hoping to hit the charts after recording a charity CD. Pictured: Denise Smith with residents Beatrice Fiddy and Edna Silcox. - Credit: Archant

A group of care home staff and residents are hoping to top the charts on Sunday after their charity single was released today.

Staff and residents at Anchor’s Woodland Manor care home in Whitton Park, Ipswich, are targeting top-spot in the official singles charts after adding their voices to the song “See Yourself”, released by The Anchor Community Band.

Care home manager Lesley Tournay-Godfrey, staff members Denise Smith, Hannah Jacobs and Donna Smith and resident Beatrice Fiddy, 78, spent more than four hours recording their part of the song at The Firs care home in Felixstowe.

More than 350 residents nationwide have contributed to the track.

Grandmother Beatrice, who sang on the single, said: “I never thought that I would appear on a single at my age. All of us in the band have been on a fantastic journey.


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“It’s a really powerful song because the words are telling younger people we are exactly the same as them, but just a bit older. It’s also very catchy.”

The track has even attracted the backing of Sir Terry Wogan, who has revealed his support on Twitter.

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Woodland Manor activities co-ordinator Denise Smith, of Lonsdale Close, Ipswich, said: “We never thought we would do anything like this – you just don’t expect it.

“We worked incredibly hard and are very proud to be part of what we think is a great charity song.

“We hope it reaches the top 40 – and maybe even number one – and are urging everyone to buy the song.”

Peter Davies, resident at Castle Court, Garrick Way, Ipswich, was also involved in the making of the single.

“It has been fun but behind our hard work is a very serious message,” he said. “The Campaign to End Loneliness found that more than one million people aged over 65 across the country are often or always lonely, so I hope a lot of people buy the song.”

All the money raised from the sales of the single will be donated to charity Contact the Elderly, which organises monthly tea parties for older people living alone.

The single is available at HMV, iTunes and Amazon.co.uk.

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