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Primary School Choir Delights Residents at a Surrey Care Home with Singing Performance

A Surrey primary school choir hit all the right notes when they visited a local care home to delight residents with a heartfelt singing performance — boosting resident morale and fostering intergenerational relationships.

CHD Living’s Kings Lodge, which offers care solutions to those in need of residential, respite, dementia, and end-of-life care, recently welcomed a visit from pupils of Byfleet Primary, which sits opposite the care home on King’s Head Lane, Byfleet.

Singing a selection of songs from an event they had attended in March at Wembley Arena called ‘Voice in a Million’, the pupils’ 45-minute rendition was well-received by both residents and carers, who clapped, laughed and joyfully sang along.

Research demonstrates that music can have many benefits for residents, especially those living with dementia, as it can help reduce anxiety and depression, maintain speech and language, and enhance overall quality of life.

To conclude the event, Kings Lodge resident Valarie Ward, 91, made a speech to thank the school for coming, stating how much she and her friends had enjoyed the afternoon and requesting an impromptu return visit.

Discussing the collaboration, Michelle Woodyatt, wellbeing co-ordinator at Kings Lodge, said:

“We were delighted to receive a visit from the choir members of Byfleet Primary School. The residents thoroughly enjoyed the performance and could not stop beaming for the rest of the day — you could see the music had lifted their spirits.

“During the summer months, we hope to continue collaborating with our local schools and the wider community, as we consider it fundamental that our residents are well-connected. We have also seen first-hand the benefits of intergenerational relationships across our branches — for both the residents and the children.”

Michelle concluded:
“All in all, we would like to thank the 16 choir members at Byfleet Primary who put on such a wonderful show for us. The residents have not stopped asking when they will return, so we hope to see them for another visit shortly!”