Ed Sheeran seems like such a busy chap, that it’s hard to believe the internationally successful popstar managed to find the time to visit a care home last year to open a suite named in his honour. We were blown away by the story and started wondering, which other stars have been making time in their schedules to visit care homes in the community?
We did some research and found that many kind-hearted celebrities, from the Pope through to war veterans and soap stars, are devoted care home champions.
In case you missed the news coverage of the Ed Sheeran Suite in a Framlingham, Suffolk care home being splashed all over the news, the 24-year-old singer visited the Mills Meadow care home back in October for the grand opening. Ed helped a resident to cut a ribbon to the suite that had been named in his honour and was presented with a cheque for his charity of choice, along with a Lego set – a tongue-in-cheek reference to his 2011 song, Lego House.
There aren’t many people who are as well-known the world over as the Pope, and while it’s not unusual for religious representatives from the local community to be familiar faces in care homes, residents at a home on Rome’s periphery will no doubt have been surprised by his recent visit. The leader of the Catholic church made a visit to care home residents as part of his Holy Year of Mercy, and apparently wanted to raise awareness of the “culture of waste” that fails to recognise the value of elderly people, “who are the memory and the wisdom of the people”.
Falklands veteran Simon Weston has long worked with ex-servicemen and made visits to residential homes as part of his extensive charity work over the years. He was awarded a CBE (Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) in the New Year’s Honours List and has also recently been made an ambassador for St Martins Care, which own a number of homes in the North East. Speaking about the role he told the Northern Echo: “We have to support the most needy in our community and that’s why care homes are so important.”
David Van Day
Singer David Van Day has made a number of visits to care homes in recent years, treating residents to performances as well as chatting with them. David is best known as half of 80s duo Dollar, though he also performed with a later version of the band Bucks Fizz too. David is an ambassador for the Alzheimer’s Society; he took up the role after his own mother was diagnosed with dementia.
This is just a few of the celebrities and famous faces who are using brightening the lives of care home residents, and using their status to bring attention to why care homes are so important. Has your care home received support from any stars? If you could arrange for any celebrity to visit your care home, who would it be and why? Let us know by leaving us a comment below.