A heart-warming moment, a 93-year-old retiree receiving end-of-life care is surprised by a concert in his front garden after his family posted an appeal on social media.
- The family of Dick Hochridge, 93, of Tyne Wear, organized a concert for him
- Dick receives end-of-life care at the home where he lives with his 60-year-old wife, Agnes
- His family wanted the jazz lover to enjoy a concert from the comfort of his home
- Pianist Mark Dix and singer Jennifer Hastings sang to him from his garden
This is the spirited moment when a 93-year-old man receiving end-of-life care is surprised by an impromptu jazz concert in his front garden.
Dick Hochridge’s family has posted an appeal on social media asking for help with a show for the retiree, a huge fan of the big band and jazz band who lives in Tyne and Wear in Sunderland.
BBC radio presenter Kelly Scott in Newcastle saw the demand, and responses were consistent from performers across the county.
Just two days later, the radio station helped organize the concert, where pianist Mark Dix, singer Jennifer Hastings, and his 60-year-old wife, Agnes, sang a performance in the garden that they could enjoy from the comfort of their room.
They’ve played the couple’s dance songs together over the years, including their all-time favorite Moon River.
Pianist Mark Dix and singer Jennifer Hastings, right, sang to 93-year-old jazz fan Dick Hochridge from his garden in Tyne and Wear in Sunderland. After his family appealed to musicians online
Dick, pictured with his 60-year-old wife Agnes, is receiving end-of-life care at home and his family wanted to treat him to something special.
Dick, a former shipyard worker, can be seen sitting at the window, singing while family members and emotional neighbors look on.
‘It was a rainbow of emotions,’ said singer Jennifer Hastings. It was as if Dick couldn’t believe it.
This is the kind of thing that means more than anything else. I have a million birthday parties and a wedding, but to do something like that to the family, and sing for them.
I got emotional just thinking about it. I’ve made some emotional moves before but this will stay in my memory for the rest of my life.
Singer Moon River sang the couple – their favorite song – during the ‘Sentimental’ concert
At the end of the ceremony, Dick himself mustered the strength to say a few words. He said, ‘Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone around the world. Stay safe. Thank you.’
Last week, Helen Wilson, who is married to Dick’s grandson, tweeted: ‘I have a close relative in end-of-life care, and a huge fan of jazz/big band music. I would like to arrange something like a home piano, but unfortunately my playing is not at the current level of fairness. Can anyone recommend any pianist in Northeast to provide this service? ‘.
Then she spoke and said: I did not expect it to explode like this.
BBC Radio Newcastle has really given them a lot of beautiful moments to keep and that will stay in their memory for the rest of their lives. You are all stars!
Helen Wilson, who is married to Dick’s grandson and published the original petition. She thanked Kelly profusely on social media after the concert
Newcastle radio presenter Kelly said she was overwhelmed by messages from musicians offering to play for the family.
“I can’t believe the response to that,” she said.
We could have filled the park with performers ten times with all the shows. Everyone has shown the family a lot of love.
“We’re talking about making a difference at BBC Radio Newcastle, being able to do it for Dick and his family, and giving them such a beautiful moment that feels really special.”
Jennifer, who sang to you, said the concert will be remembered for the rest of her life
Agnes and Dick became emotional, pictured, as they watched the musicians play for them from the comfort of their home.