Facebook friends brighten pensioners’ festive season

The choir snapped as they entertain at Bo'ness Hospital.
The choir snapped as they entertain at Bo'ness Hospital.

A Bo’ness woman who started her own choir via Facebook is bringing Christmas cheer to the elderly.

Jeni Mallace’s grandmother was cared for at Bo’ness Community Hospital and spent time at Craigview, a supported housing complex in Bo’ness.

Inspired to give something back, Jeni managed to form a choir last year by using Facebook to appeal to prospective volunteers.

The group of 12-15 singers has been giving musical performances for elderly people in care homes and sheltered housing ever since.

Jeni said: “We started out small but this year we’ve expanded and are doing performances at seven different places.

“We do it just to bring some Christmas cheer to the people living in care homes and sheltered housing.

“It’s nice to give something back to the community, especially at this time of year.”

The group, whose repertoire consists of many traditional Christmas carols, wartime songs and even Disney material, has already performed at Bo’ness Hospital and Grange Nursing Home, and has appearances at Dean Court, Woodlands care home and Craigview planned for Sunday.

The choir will then be hitting Brae Court in Linlithgow and Oakbank Home in Polmont next week.

As well as providing some much-needed entertainment, the group will be raising cash for Bo’ness Community Hospital tomorrow (Saturday) by singing for Santa steam train passengers boarding at Bo’ness Railway Station.