Lynne Hayter, of Springbank care home, in Brentry, was recognised earlier this year in the ‘Resident / Relative’ category at the prestigious Shaw Star awards, an event organised by Shaw healthcare to recognise excellence across the workforce and all of its facilities. It was Lynne’s singing that caught the eye of the judging panel when they were considering nominations for the awards. They noted that, in addition to her caring attitude, her dream was to record a single and thought that, as part of her prize, she deserved something extra as she gives so much to others.
Employees and residents at Springbank had nominated her for her uplifting spirit and the contribution she makes to the service, which includes getting involved in interviews of potential new employees at Springbank to make sure they meet her approval, as well as checking on the wellbeing of others who live there.
Home manager, Kay Williams, said: “Lynne brightens everybody’s day with her infectious personality, smile and singing. I am so pleased she was given the opportunity of recording a song – it shows that dreams really can come true at Shaw.”
Although not originally from Wales, Lynne wanted to return to the green, green grass of home and record a song where she has many happy memories of visiting friends and family members. Lynne is also a huge fan of Welsh singing icon, Tom Jones.
The organisers of the Star Awards arranged for Lynne to be accompanied by her backing vocalists Claire Moffat, Victoria Brunsdon and Gemma Holloway, and travel to Hen Recording Studios in Cardiff. While there, she laid down vocals on ‘Bring me Sunshine’, which Lynne took away with her as a memento on CD.
Lynne commented of the experience: “I’ve had such a great day and I got to put the headphones on and listen to myself singing back with the music. I haven’t stopped listening to the CD since I’ve had it. I love it!”