The people supported by our services in the North East enjoyed a musical treat in March when a local charity hosted car park karaoke at their homes.

Miles For Men, a Hartlepool-based charity who raise funds for people impacted by cancer, brought their song-filled roadshow to the car parks of five of our services.

Swanton Care and Community Team Leader Karen Willgress is chairperson for Miles For Men and arranged for the team to come and entertain the services.

The tuneful team unloaded a big screen TV, speakers and microphones from their Miles For Men van and then took requests as the people supported at our services watched on from a distance.

Paula Smith, the Deputy Manager of Trinity House, said the entire group was soon dancing and singing along.

Paula said: “It was an absolutely amazing event, the people we support didn’t stop smiling!

“It didn’t matter that we were social distancing because the Miles For Men team made sure that everybody got the full karaoke experience.

“Wayne Berry, who is supported at Trinity House, asked them to play ‘Ice Ice Baby’ by Vanilla Ice and when they did, he danced and sang the whole way through.

“Nathan Bell, who lives in Murton Grange, plays the guitar and so he was able to play along with the music. As a huge Elvis fan, Nathan was thrilled they played so many of The King’s best-loved songs!”

The car park karaoke was hosted at services including Seaham View, Park Lodge, Murton Grange, Eastcliffe, Eastholme and Trinity House.

One of the Miles For Men team made a special request of his own when he stopped off at Murton Grange.

Paula explained: “This man asked if we had any jobs going and gave his CV in to be considered for a role.

“It was terrific to discover he’s passionate about caring for people and wants to do a job that makes a difference.

“We’re waiting to find out if his application is successful, but in the meantime, we’re hoping that car park karaoke returns again soon. It was the boost that we all needed and a wonderful success.”