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  • Keith set to strike a chord at care home singalongs!

    Henry James

    A CARE home resident and former church band member who first learned to play the guitar at the age of eight is set to strum the chords again - thanks to a generous donation.

    Since moving into the Aaron Crest home in Tanhouse Road last September Keith Keenan has been a keen and regular participant in the monthly singing sessions for residents led by St Paul’s parish priest, Reverend Dr Anne Kazich.

    When Rev Kazich learned Keith used to play guitar in a church band she decided to find someone willing to donate a guitar to get him strumming again - and she did!

    Now a delighted Keith is looking forward to getting back into the swing again.

    He said: “I’m so happy with my new guitar and it will be looked after. I’m looking forward to learning the chords again that Dr Rev Anne has given me.”

    Rev Dr Kazich said: “Keith has been coming to our singing group and clearly enjoys taking part and he shared that he used to play the guitar in a worship band in his previous church and said he would love to do it again.

    “On occasions he bursts spontaneously into beautiful worship hymns so I thought I would see if anyone is able to donate a guitar to make his dream come true - and that someone came forward.

    “Keith enjoys expressing his love and worship for God in these ways and it would be a shame if he couldn’t continue just because he is not in his own home anymore.”

    Keith was a regular churchgoer and was taught to play guitar by Pastor David Downes, of Skelmersdale Baptist Church, on Flimby, later becoming guitarist for the church band when he moved with his wife and children to Wigan.

    Sadly, after moving back to Skelmersdale he was diagnosed with Korsakoff’s syndrome - a chronic memory disorder - as well as epilepsy and neurological problems following a car accident.

    He moved into Aaron Crest Care Home in September and has been regularly participating in the singing sessions with Rev Dr Kazich.

    Home manager, Adrienne Ratcliffe, said: “Keith has been getting involved with many of our regular activities but has shown a special interest in the singing sessions with Rev Dr Anne Kazich. It was very kind of her to get him a guitar, which he absolutely loves. Despite his health conditions, he remembers how to play and has been practicing. Now we’re looking forward to seeing him perform at future sessions with the Rev Dr.”

    The next singing session at the home will take place on Thursday, February 14 and all are welcome.


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