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 Wildcats front man Mike performs for elderly as part of council initiative

Wildcats front man Mike performs for elderly as part of council initiative

By 19th December, 2017 Press Releases No Comments

A THORNABY care home was the latest stop on a busking tour by Wildcats of Kilkenny front man Mike McGrother.

Mandale House Care Home hosted the musician so he could perform for the elderly residents, staff, relatives and friends.

He is using the tour to raise awareness of vulnerable adults as part of a Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council initiative called The Gift.

Part of the annual Stockton Sparkles programme, The Gift encourages activities and events to help those in need over Christmas.

The care home donated toiletries and warm clothing during Mike’s visit.

Over a glass of mulled wine, he also talked about planting of 1246 sunflowers in memory of those from Teesside who lost their lives in WW1 – a project he started in 2014.

His performance included classic WW1 era songs such as Keep the Home Fire Burning and Pack Up Your Troubles In Your Old Kit Bag.

Michael Allen, home manager of Mandale House Care Home, on Acklam Road, said: “It was wonderful having Mike at the home.

“The front man of such a popular Teesside band, he really knows how to perform, even in such an intimate setting.

“He had the residents, staff and visitors all singing along to the classics, before bringing a tear to our eyes when he was talking about his WW1 project.

“We are only too happy to donate to The Gift, which is such a great initiative to help the most vulnerable in our community.”

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