Video: 350 pensioners are aiming to top the charts for charity


Singers and musicians living in Anchor Care Homes and retirement properties across the country have released a charity single in the hope of raising money to combat loneliness.

The group have named themselves the Anchor Community Band and their song, See Yourself, was inspired by comments about loneliness and isolation from older people from England, Scotland and Wales.
The track was recorded by over 350 musicians in aid of Contact the Elderly, which combats loneliness and social isolation among older people.

The national charity organises monthly afternoon tea parties for small groups of people aged 75 and above who live alone and supports volunteer hosts and drivers within their local community.

Band members include trumpet player David Speedy, 70, and wife Denise, 69, who live at Anchor's Martham Court in Harpenden.

Denise, who is a grandmother of four, said: "I first started singing at the age of ten in school and then joined a church choir. Music is everything to me. You can turn off and become a different person; music just takes over."

"We feel very proud that we have contributed to a record which will hopefully raise lots of money for a worthwhile charity. We're aiming to get into the top 40!"

The track's production costs were covered by Legal & General so that all income from sales, up to £15,000, will go to Contact the Elderly. In addition, all profit from the sales will be donated to the charity.

The band's musical director Carl Martin said: "Rehearsing for this song over seven weeks with lots of older people living in Anchor properties has been such an amazing experience.

"It's a really powerful song because the words are telling younger people that older generations are exactly the same as them, with just a bit more life experience. It's now time to go out and buy the song to raise money for a fantastic cause and help us get into the charts!"

See Yourself is available to pre-order as a download on iTunes and as a CD on now.

It is released officially on 3 June, when you'll be able to download it from iTunes and buy the CD from

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