Care home help 93-year-old dementia patient form a band

Published Wednesday, Dec 16 2015, 19:00 GMT  |  By  |  Add comment
A 93-year-old dementia sufferer has been given the best Christmas gift ever.

Edward Hardy lives in a care home in Somerset, and although he'd been a jazz pianist and played in bands all over the world in his youth, he hadn't touched a piano for 25 years.

When a kind-hearted employee at the home heard his story, he brought in a keyboard for Edward to play.

To everyone's amazement, Ed's musical talent came flooding back to him the moment he sat down behind the piano.

And he could still play all of his favourite songs perfectly – including Ella Fitzgerald's Misty.

But Sam Kinsella, who brought him the instrument, then posted a plea on Gumtree for musicians for Ed to jam with.

Incredibly, he had 80 responses from people who wanted to play with him.

And even more unbelievably, the post reached three former band mates of Ed's.

They all made the trip to the care home where Ed lives and his Christmas wish was granted – to jam with his old buddies.

Ed's wife Betty, 91, could only look on in amazement as she saw her husband play the piano as if no time had passed.

His wife of 73 years told the BBC's Radio 5 Live it was: "really wonderful just to sit and listen to him play" and that he looked so "contented" when tinkling the ivories.

Sam, from the care home, told their local paper the Western Daily Press: "It's amazing how music can change people's lives and the effects it has on people with cognitive conditions."

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