How singers are providing a lifeline to care home residents in lockdown

Tapping her feet and swaying, care home resident Freda Colbourne is transported to another world by the singing she’s listening to outside her window. Family and friends aren’t allowed to visit the Cedar Lawn care home in Stratford Upon Avon due to lockdown restrictions, as coronavirus continues to spread across the UK. Contact with the outside world is now minimal, but Hannah Ciotkowski, from the healthcare charity Kissing It Better, is making sure people don’t feel too lonely, standing outside and singing a collection of golden oldies for the residents inside. Freda, 97, seems particularly touched by the music, telling us how lovely it is to hear the singing, especially Over The Rainbow, which reminds her of her late husband and was played at his funeral. Kissing It Better was set up in 2009 by Jill Fraser to “try and do what we can to help the isolated and lonely”.