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Colten Care's Kisses for Us for Eurovision song winner Nicky

Save your kisses for us!

Colten Care home residents sing to Eurovision’s Nicky - just before Eurovision weekend!

Residents and staff at Colten Care's Amberwood House in Ferndown found the perfect way to bid a fond farewell to a Eurovision Song Contest winner who worked with them during lockdown.

chef with two ladies and tea cosyThe Brotherhood of Man won the contest for the United Kingdom in 1976.

Cut to 2021 and the band's singer Nicky Stevens has just finished a temporary contract working as a companion three days a week at Amberwood House. Before she left, and unbeknown to her, the staff and residents wrote and, over two weeks, practised, their own version of the band’s 1976 Eurovision hit Save Your Kisses for Me, including personalised lyrics.

On her last day, they sang it for her as a farewell surprise. The moment is captured on the video link below and given that it's Eurovison this weekend we thought it would be fun to share it with you!  

 

 

Brotherhood of Man singer Nicky Stevens joined the Companionship Team at Colten Care’s Outstanding-rated Ferndown home, Amberwood House, at the end of 2020. 

Over the following months, the classically trained singer and pianist sang and played music for residents, led arts and crafts sessions, quizzes and games, and spent one-to-one time with individual residents.

On the day her temporary contract finished, Nicky was astonished when residents and staff gathered to perform their own version of her band’s Eurovision-winning song Save Your Kisses for Me.

With lyrics amended and personalised by Fiona Pritchard, Colten Care’s Music and Arts partner, the heartfelt musical tribute brought a tear to Nicky’s eye.

surprised lady with flowers and older lady“I was busy sorting out afternoon tea with the residents and I could see a lot of staff coming down the corridor,” said Nicky. “I thought, ‘what’s going on, is there a meeting?" Then they all entered the lounge and I said to myself, ‘this must be serious’.  I never twigged until one of my fellow Companionship Team colleagues started making an announcement.

“When I heard the start of the singing, I couldn’t believe it. I heard later they had been practising for two weeks on days when I wasn’t in. I am so humbled they thought so much of me that they went to all that trouble. It made me very emotional and I had tears in my eyes. I couldn’t get over it. Nobody has ever done anything like this for me before.”

Sung to the same tune as the original, the lyrics included lines such as: “Though we’re sad to see you go, We just want to let you know, That your time with us has brightened every day, We’ll miss you, it’s true.”

Among those serenading Nicky was resident Sheila Wakefield who said: “It has been such a joy to meet Nicky. We’ve all loved her.” 

As well as the song, Nicky was presented with a card, box of chocolates, flowers and a framed photo of her with residents.  

Like other performers, Nicky had been looking forward to a busy season of gigs last year before the Covid crisis hit, prompting her to respond to a Colten Care advert for entertainers and companions. 

Now, as well as hoping to confirm Brotherhood of Man engagements in the pipeline, the easing of lockdown will enable Nicky to return to her other professional music activities as a voice coach, singing teacher and choir leader.

lady with cakeReflecting on her time at Amberwood House, Nicky, who lives in Corfe Mullen, Dorset,  said: “It was wonderful being there.  I am so glad that circumstances made it possible. The knowledge I have gained is vast. It has opened my eyes tremendously.    

“Seeing the nurses, carers and companions all working hands-on, you can understand that the amount of care that goes in for the wellbeing of residents is phenomenal. I have great empathy for people who find themselves in a care home. Helping to look after them is a lovely job. If you have a caring soul, it is so rewarding. It makes you feel really good.”

After Brotherhood of Man won Eurovision in 1976, Save Your Kisses for Me went on to be a number one hit in 33 countries, holding the top spot in the UK for six weeks.  

https://www.bt.com/tv/entertainment/eurovision-everything-you-need-to-know

Lyrics to Song for Nicky:

Though we’re sad to see you go,

We just want to let you know,

That your time with us has brightened every day

We’ll miss you, it’s true

So we’ll try not to cry as we wave and say goodbye

Thank you Nicky, we all say thank you Nicky

So long, farewell, goodbye

And now we’re going to try

To keep singing along

And enjoying every song

Goodbye!

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