Celebs record a host of tales for Southwark OAPs

Katherine Johnston (30 July, 2020)

'Lockdown listens' include stories from Game of Thrones and Downton Abbey actors

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Link Age Southwark’s celebrity ambassadors have come together to help lift older people’s spirits.

TV stars from Downtown Abbey, Game of Thrones, Spooks, and Scott and Bailey, have recorded themselves at home reading a short story or a poem for the charity’s ‘Lockdown Listens’ series for isolated OAPs.

Coronation Street and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets actor Heather Bleasdale took part reading the short story Free White Towel, while novelist and comedian Jenny Eclair – a Southwark local – recorded herself reading one of her short stories Valerie Lashes Out.

In her recording, Eclair tells her listeners: “Look after yourselves. Let’s hope that very soon we’ll be over all this and we can get out and we can enjoy our friends in the sunshine and see people we haven’t seen for some time.”

Link Age Southwark’s Director, Sophie Wellings said: “We are very grateful to our celebrity ambassadors and volunteers for taking the time to get involved with this project and are delighted with how well the  Lockdown Listens series has been received.”

Link Age Southwark plan to incorporate the readings into materials for their dementia reading group, which has now moved online so even more people can take enjoyment from the series.

Listen via www.linkagesouthwark.org/news


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