Anchor staff and older people from 12 Anchor care homes formed an 80-strong choir which sang at the Surrey Dementia Conference in Dorking Halls on Wednesday 27 November.

Surrey County Council officers, health and care professionals across the county were treated to seven songs sung by the Anchor Community Band members from the care homes in Surrey: The Beeches, Limegrove, Keswick, Barnfield, Ridgemount, Greenacres, Birchlands, Glendale, Orchard Court, Abbeywood, Meadowside and Elizabeth Court.

Watch our video to see the performance: 

Anchor’s Customer Engagement Advisor Asa Lehane-Johnson, who along with Anchor’s Sales Business Partner Jackie Cridlin organised for the choir to sing at the event, said it was a great success.

He said: “I was so proud of the 80 members of the choir because they sung so well despite being nervous about singing in front of about 200 people.

“The Anchor Community Band project is all about giving older people a voice and as many members of the Surrey band are living with dementia, it was important to show the people at the conference how music enables people with the condition to connect.

“We sang seven songs which have a relevance to our residents, whether it was classics like “It’s a Long Way to Tipperary” or “Knees Up Mother Brown” or personal favourites. Geoffrey Reeves from Greenacres care home in Banstead sung “Danny Boy” while Margaret Hall, from The Beeches in Leatherhead led “Doing the Lambeth Walk”. It was a really fun event which the choir and the conference delegates enjoyed.”

The choir’s performance was so impressive that they have been asked to perform again at another conference in Epsom next year.

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