A FORMER popstar has been named one of the top five activity coordinators in the country for people with dementia.
Lucy Meggitt, who reached No 2 in the charts with her band The Fast Food Rockers, was shortlisted for the accolade at the National Dementia Care Awards.
The 33-year-old now works at Mount Pleasant Nursing Home in Allostock planning weekly activities for the residents.
She said: “There was such excitement in the home. All the staff and residents and friends and family got behind me and were so involved. It was just a brilliant atmosphere.”
Many residents even wrote letters on Lucy’s behalf to send to the judges.
She said: “I think it was all down to them.
“I think the world of the residents and I think they think the world of me but to see what they wrote about me was so lovely.”
Activites at the London Road home include painting, sewing, bingo, card making and weekly trips out in a minibus.
Lucy also chats to residents about her time in the spotlight.
In 2003, The Fast Food Rockers released the hit The Fast Food Song which charted at No 2 and was in the year-end top 40.
Lucy, who has worked at Mount Pleasant Nursing Home for four years, added: “I was recently out having a meal and a little girl asked me for my autograph. I still find it bizarre.
“But that’s another thing I can share with the residents. I tell them what it was like to have a record contract and I danced with Cliff Richard which they find amazing.
“I find people interesting especially this generation as the majority of them have lived through two world wars.
“It’s so touching that I get to spend time with the generation that fought for our country.
“I find it outstanding.”