Gran’s sur­prise ser­e­nade joy

Wilmslow Express - - EAST CHESHIRE HOSPICE - ALEX HIB­BERT alex.hib­bert@men­ @alexghib­bert

ARES­I­DENT at a care home was treated to a per­for­mance she will never for­get.

That’s be­cause 88-year old Doreen Pow­ell, who lives at The Hawthorns in Wilm­slow, re­ceived a fan­tas­tic sur­prise visit from her grand­son, who she had not seen in six years.

Not only had fam­ily mem­ber Craig come to see his dot­ing grand­mother, he also sang for her and all of her fel­low res­i­dents at the home, on Hawthorn Street, Wilm­slow.

Doreen, whose fam­ily live in Nor­folk, finds it dif­fi­cult to see them as the five-hour drive to the town is too far for her to travel, mean­ing she hadn’t seen Craig for six years.

So when staff were told that tal­ented singer Craig was plan­ning a visit, they hatched a plan to give Doreen a per­for­mance she would re­mem­ber for­ever.

Janet De­war, ac­tiv­ity co­or­di­na­tor at The Hawthorns, said: “Doreen was just blown away. It was lovely to see her so over­whelmed with hap­pi­ness.

“Other mem­bers of Doreen’s fam­ily were present as well, and they were thrilled to see her re­ac­tion.

“It couldn’t have gone bet­ter. We were all taken aback when her grand­son started singing; he’s so tal­ented.”

Craig sang some of the res­i­dents’ favourite songs, in­clud­ing clas­sic crooner hits and sev­eral Rat Pack num­bers.

Staff kept Doreen away from the per­for­mance area while the ‘af­ter­noon’s en­ter­tain­ment’ got set up.

It is not un­usual for the home to have singers come and per­form for the res­i­dents, so Doreen thought noth­ing of the se­crecy.

When Doreen fi­nally came to take her seat for the per­for­mance, and Craig be­gan singing, she was com­pletely over­whelmed.

Janet added: “It was re­ally nice to be able to cou­ple a lovely fam­ily re­u­nion with an af­ter­noon of great en­ter­tain­ment.

“I’m sure all of the res­i­dents were so happy for Doreen; she cares for her fam­ily very dearly.”

Craig sur­prises his gran with a song af­ter not see­ing her for six years

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