CARE home residents held a party to mark the launch of a charity single they have helped produce.

Residents at the Elderwood care home, in Darlington, had a first listen to the track, See Yourself, on Monday (April 22).

Residents of Anchor properties around the country helped produce the song, which is available on CD and as a download.

It is hoped the single will raise money for the Contact the Elderly charity, which aims to help combat loneliness by holding regular tea parties for older people living alone.

As well as hearing the song for the first time, residents at the home, in Westmoreland Street, enjoyed entertainment, followed by an afternoon of music and singing.

Among the residents at the party was 76-year-old Edna Wilson and grandfather Ted Spence, 92.

Mr Spence said: “I think it’s wonderful that more than 300 people from across the country have sung and performed instruments on the record, especially as profits will go to such a worthwhile charity.

“I hope the people of Darlington will now support us and buy the single.”

Elderwood is part of the Anchor group of care homes.

The single is performed by the Anchor Community Band and was written by Anchor employee Carl Martin.

He used answers to questionnaires about the life experiences of older people in Anchor homes to shape the lyrics of the song.

For more details on the band, call 0845-140-2020.