BAND Aid have done it, so have contestants on the X-Factor – and now residents of Schofield’s Court are getting into the festive spirit for charity by writing and recording their own record.
Staff at the retirement housing on Queensway, Morley, would now like to hear about older people’s life experiences for the record, which is part of a national project where people over the age of 60 contribute to the words of a charity song to be released as a single.
Debra Lewis, scheme manager from Anchor’s Schofield Court, said: “I hope people over the age of 60 will pop in and fill out a form describing the highlights of their lives.
“Music is such a powerful medium which brings people together and the record will give older people a voice. The lyrics to the song will be shaped by what people from across the country, including Leeds, mention on the forms.
“I would like to hear about their achievements, aspirations and the challenges they have overcome in life as well as hearing the benefits of old age.
The record will be sung by The Anchor Community Band, which will be made up of older people living in the organisation’s care homes and retirement housing properties across England.
The hunt is also on to find a local recording studio where band members can record their song free of charge.
All the money raised from the sales of the song will go towards Anchor’s chosen charity, Contact the Elderly, which aims to combat the loneliness and social isolation faced by many older people aged over 75, who live alone.
Volunteers in Leeds host free, monthly Sunday tea parties in their own homes for the elderly with other charity workers driving and accompanying older people to these events.
Debra said: “The older people living at Schofield Court are able to enjoy a great community spirit and activities which help them get the most out of life.
“But there are hundreds of older people living in loneliness and isolation in Leeds who could benefit from the services run by Contact the Elderly.”
Anyone over 60 wanting to share their experiences for the song, or recording studios wanting to help, can contact Debra on 0113 2522446.