Former musician Edward Hardy had played in a jazz trio for 30 years of his life. Amazingly, despite now suffering from dementia at age 93 and living in a care home, the talented Briton has still retained much of his playing abilities. When the Mellifont Abbey staff members noticed he was feeling lonely they made a plea for some good Samaritans stepped in.
A few caring members of the staff put out a public online ad to ask musicians to enjoy a little jam session with Hardy. But even more amazing than their act of kindness is the response it has gotten from the public. More than 80 musicians have been in contact with Hardy since the ad went out. So far, a saxophonist and a double bassist have come in to play with Hardy. And it seems like their presence has really lifted his spirits.
Staff member Sam Kinsella said, "Edward really seems to enjoy playing music, he is no longer able to read music as well as before, but the moment you name a popular jazz track or play the first couple of notes to him, it all comes back to him – he’s an incredible musician and it seems to bring him a lot of joy.”
It looks like there's a lot more joy on Hardy's way, seeing as more musicians want to play with him in the near future. Talk about a perfect Christmas gift! And the best part is, it just keeps on giving.