Residents back on song after donation

ELDERLY residents at the Homeside Lodge sheltered housing complex in Howden are hitting the high notes, thanks to a donation from staff at a multinational firm’s North Tyneside office.

They can now take part in X Factor-style singing contests after being given a karaoke machine by workers at Procter and Gamble’s technical centre in Longbenton.

Homeside Lodge scheme manager Carol Shand said: “We strive to provide regular social activities to keep our residents active and alert.

“The new karaoke machine has proved a huge hit, and once we put it on, it’s difficult to get anyone to stop singing.

John Burdis, a new resident at the complex, was able to get his friends and neighbours back on song after their old machine broke by asking P&G’s Community Matters team if it could help.

Gill Hardy, P&G’s Community Matters co-ordinator at its Longbenton site, said: “We are committed to improving lives in the region.

“We were delighted to donate a new karaoke machine to help both staff and residents at Homeside Lodge to socialise, interact and be entertained.”

P&G’s North Tyneside Community Matters team donates thousands of pounds each year to good causes. To find out more, visit