An English nursing home transformed residents into world famous rock stars and musicians as a way to keep them entertained while being on coronavirus lockdown for the past four months due.
Residents and some staff members at the Sydmar Lodge Care Home, in Edgware, England, recreated Adele’s “21,” Taylor Swift’s “1989,” Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the USA,” Queen’s “Queen II” and Michael Jackson’s “Bad” album covers. Other recreations included David Bowie’s “Aladdin Sane” and Madonna’s “True Blue.”
Robert Speker, activities coordinator at the facility, shared the images with the world through his Twitter account in early July.
He explained that he came up with the idea as an effort to keep residents entertained during the lockdown, and later made suggestions on which albums and artists would match with residents.
“Then I proposed the idea to each resident. Gladly, all of them were enthused and perhaps a bit bemused by the idea, but happy to participate,” Speker said.
The images have been shared thousands of times online and the facility has received an overwhelmingly positive response to its photo project. The facility and residents are now using their newfound fame to raise money for three United Kingdom-based charities: Dementia Friends UK, the Alzheimer’s Society and Age UK.
The facility is looking to raise 5,000 pounds (about $6,498). So far, it’s gathered 3,200 pounds (about $4,158), or 65% of its goal.
“Elderly people will remain in lockdown for a long time, and I want to make their time as happy and full of enjoyment and interest as possible,” Speker said.
He’s now one step closer to achieving his goal.