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Boro players inspire dementia patient to play the organ

A visit from Middlesbrough FC players inspired a care home resident with vascular dementia to play the organ, after having lost memory of how to play.

89-year-old former nun Sister Mary Major saw the electronic organ and instinctively sat down to entertain the VIPs in a miraculous feat of recall.

Having previously though she'd lost all memory of how to play the organ, she played a tune from her time in the religious congregation, all without sheet music.

One the Boro’s players, striker Patrick Bamford was so stirred by her playing he decided to have a go himself – to the residents, staff and his team mates’ surprise.

Sister Mary said: “I was impressed. I thought he did very well.”

The Middlesbrough players visited to open the care home's new salon

It was incredible to see Mary, who has advanced dementia, sit down and play a tune on the organ considering her condition.

Everyone was very moved by her skill, which came as a huge shock, including our guests from Middlesbrough Football Club.

– Carol Singleton, Home manager, Ingleby Care Home
Patrick Bamford opening the salon

Joining Patrick Bamford from the club was Lewis Baker, Grant Leadbitter, Jonny Howson and Ryan Shotton, alongside members of the Middlesbrough FC National Citizenship Service (NCS).

They visited the home to officially open a new salon and pamper room for the residents.