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Nellsarvision Song Contest brings uplifting music and party vibes

Eurovision becomes ‘Nellsarvision’

In April we launched our very own ‘Nellsarvision Song Contest’ in the run up to the Eurovision Song Contest which was hosted in Malmo, Sweden at the weekend.

We invited our teams, residents, and family members to stretch their vocal cords, whip out their musical instruments and get singing – to enter a song of their choice to be judged by our Recreation and Well-Being Manager Viv Stead along with singer Kevin Walsh, who is a regular performer in many of our Homes.

Viv Stead, Recreation and Well-Being ManagerKicking off the launch, Viv wrote:
“What will your song be? A 50s classic, a traditional choir performance, an ABBA tribute, modern pop song or even your Home’s own creation? The choice is yours. Simply video your Nellsarvision performance and send it in for judging. Oh and dressing up for the occasion is a must! We’ve given time for everyone to tune up and rehearse – we can’t wait to see and hear the entries. There definitely won’t be any ‘Nil Points’ in this contest!”

Video entries

We were thrilled to received 15 videos from nine of our Homes, who gave it their all to impress the judges with their music, costumes, decorations and performances. Viv and Kevin loved seeing so much colour, energy and fun.

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Viv said: “Music is incredibly beneficial for the soul and so important in the lives of our residents and this really came through in the videos we received. It’s been said that ‘Music is the universal language of mankind’ – the engagement of so many of our residents, teams and loved ones is a real testament to this.”

The results are in…

Singer Kevin Walsh After much deliberation, Viv and Kevin came to their final decision, with Kevin commenting:

“Well what can I say? Such talent across all of the Homes. I really enjoyed viewing all of the videos numerous times as they were all brilliant in their own way. It was a very hard decision!”

Our winners

  1. First place with ‘Build Me Up Buttercup’ – Hengist Field Care Home (£250). A fantastic feel-good performance with great whole-Home involvement. A super song choice, energetic and fun.
  2. Second place with ‘Que Sera, Sera’ – Lukestone Care Home (£150). A lovely summery performance which included relatives. A song that cheers the heart.
  3. Third place with their own version of ‘Our House’ – Lulworth House Residential Care Home (£100). Funny personalised lyrics and great editing. Lovely resident engagement and a tour of the Home!

Our runners up

  • Loose Valley Care Home – ‘Singin’ in the Rain‘. A true classic. Judges loved the umbrella hats and rain effect!
  • St Winifreds Care Home – ‘Edelweiss’, ‘We’ll Meet Again’ and ‘The White Cliffs of Dover’. Beautiful St Winifreds Songbirds Choir performances. Very soothing and heartfelt.
  • Sonya Lodge Residential Care Home – ‘We’ll Meet Again’, ‘Hokey Cokey’, ‘Dancing Queen’, ‘The Time Warp’ and ‘Que Sera, Sera’. A real Eurovision party atmosphere, with great decorations and fantastic dance moves!
  • The Old Downs – ‘You Are My Sunshine’. A wonderful Eurovision vibe, full of sparkle.
  • Princess Christian – ‘Mumma Mia’, ‘Yellow Submarine’ and ‘Take Me Home, Country Roads’. A great range of songs and costumes, very upbeat and colourful.

Well done to all of our residents, teams and family members for all their energy, creativity and most of all, fun! You are all Nellsarvision stars!

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View the winning entries…

First place –  Hengist Field
Second place –  Lukestone
Third place –  Lulworth