A Cambridgeshire care home resident returned to play the grand piano at Ely Cathedral just as she had done as a young girl.
Hilton Park Care Home at Bottisham arranged for their resident, Betty, to visit the cathedral and to play, once more, the grand piano.
Geanina Tinca, general manager at the home, said: “We want everyone we care for to know how important they are to us here at Hilton Park Care Home. It was so nice to see how happy Betty was – and the staff loved being a part of this as well.
“Today was a day of pure joy for Betty as we arrived at the magnificent Ely Cathedral.
“As a young girl, Betty had played the grand piano in this very place, and for almost half of her life, music had been her constant companion.
“With the help of our activity lead, Jenny, we reached out to Ely Cathedral to see if Betty could play once again.
“The staff at Ely Cathedral were incredibly kind and generous, and they immediately said yes to our request.”
Geanina added: “Betty’s dream came true today. Accompanied by her wonderful fellow residents, Monica and Jaqui, we journeyed to Ely Cathedral.
“Betty was filled with tales and memories of this beautiful place, and she couldn’t wait to sit down at the grand piano once more. As she began to play, the notes carried her back in time, and Betty’s eyes shone with joy as her fingers danced across the keys.
“For almost an hour, Betty played with all her heart, and when it was time to go home, she told us with a radiant smile that she would definitely be returning.
“The staff at Ely Cathedral were warm and welcoming, embracing us with open arms and offering to make Betty’s dream come true again and again.”
Hilton Park care home is run by Barchester Healthcare, one of the UK’s largest care providers
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