A Patient’s Wish Comes True
A Frank Sinatra tribute singer brought tears to the eyes of a St Gemma’s Hospice patient last night. Frank, aka Morley singer Phil Fryer, surprised 88 year old Nellie Tingle by visiting the Hospice and serenading Nellie and her fellow patients with an uplifting cabaret session of all the toe-tapping favourites.
St Gemma’s Matron, Jayne Upperton explained: ‘One of the nurses asked Nellie if there was anything we could get for her and she said ‘a visit from Frank Sinatra would be nice!’ One of our colleagues said she had seen a fantastic Frank tribute performing in Leeds called Phil Fryer (http://www.justtobefrank.co.uk) so we contacted him directly. We asked if he was available to come and make one of our poorly patient’s wishes come true and he didn’t hesitate to offer his help for free. He arrived in the full Frank outfit, including his trademark trilby, and sang his heart out to staff and patients for over half an hour. Particular favourites were ‘New York, New York’ and ‘The Way You Looked Tonight.’ Nellie and her fellow patients were singing along, she was totally overwhelmed and emotional that we had gone to this extra effort.
Jayne continued: ‘Our team at the Hospice are amazing and we do try to go the extra mile to help patients live their lives to the full for as long as possible. I was so proud to be part of this special performance; it’s what makes St Gemma’s Hospice so special.’
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