Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

That's Just Grand; Care Home's Request for Piano Comes Up Trumps

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

That's Just Grand; Care Home's Request for Piano Comes Up Trumps

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Byline: LISA HUTCHINSON

WHEN hopeful residents at a Tyneside care home put out a bizarre request in the Chronicle for a donation of a baby grand piano, they thought they'd played a duff note.

But to their surprise they received a phone call saying one of three-legged instruments could be picked up immediately. Now residents at the Balmoral Court Care Home, in Byker, Newcastle, are saying a big thank you to Chronicle reader Barbara Lough and husband Gavin who made their wish come true.

And the pensioners are limbering up their fingers before tinkling the ivories.

Today Linda Gonzalez, manager of the care home, said: "It was amazing. We never thought in a million years that we would get a baby grand piano.

"We made the request through the letters page because we have requested things through it before, but we were surprised when we got the call to say a lady had one for us.

"If we had to buy one it could have cost a couple of thousand of pounds, but we have been kindly given one for nothing. We now hope to find a volunteer who will come in and play it.

"The sound of music in the reception area will be fabulous, and it is something the residents will respond to," added Linda, 46, of Wallsend, North Tyneside.

The piano is part of the refurbishment at the home - the reception area is getting a revamp and the residents have had ideas of how they want it decorated.

And the wining idea was in the style of an elegant oldfashioned hotel with a baby grand piano as a centrepiece.

"The lady who donated it was quite upset that she couldn't supply the candelabra to go with the piano, so we went straight off and got one," added Linda.

"It has been lovingly polished to a high sheen and provides the olde worlde elegance that we had all hoped to achieve."

Mrs Lough, 69, of Ulgham, near Morpeth in Northumberland, a grandmother-of-five, said: "The piano was my inlaws, who died at the ages of 96 and 93 last year.

"It is a rather big piano, so you need quite a bit of room to take it. …

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