LOCAL care home residents shone in a special music video for this year’s Children in Need.
Residents from across the borough joined in the exciting production, which was organised by the Barnsley Healthcare Federation, Barnsley Older People Physical Activity Alliance (BOPPA), and Love to Move.
One of the nine care homes taking part, Deangate in Mapplewell, decided to use the opportunity to share our local industrial heritage, dressing up as miners and creating a North Gawber Colliery coal pit backdrop for their section of video.
Performing chair aerobics in front of the handmade backdrop, staff and residents sang the 1937 classic ‘The Lambeth Walk’.
Resident Peter Hardy, 75, who took part in the production, said: “Who doesn’t want to get involved in activities like this?
“I’m doing this for the children of Barnsley and the UK and I hope it makes a difference to them.”
Joan Giggle, 90, added: “I’m so proud of doing something that will help someone.
“I couldn’t believe how different I looked – it was so exciting to do something different that will help those in need.”
Residents spent weeks practising their routine, and used the day to perform some extra fundraising for the charity.
Rachael Addy, activities coordinator at Deangate Care Home, said: “Everyone was so excited to be part of the Barnsley Children in Need video – we’re so grateful to be invited to take part.
“There have been Love to Move sessions at the home since the start of the year and it’s been fabulous to see the residents use the moves they’ve been learning in a video production.
“The sessions are incredible – the interaction and enjoyment were brilliant for the residents.
“I would highly recommend it to anyone living with or without dementia, it’s enjoyable for everyone.”