Musician and his dog answer cry for help in Harrogate

Musician Roger Busby with rescue dog Alfie at Disability Action Yorkshire's Claro Road care home (s).
Musician Roger Busby with rescue dog Alfie at Disability Action Yorkshire's Claro Road care home (s).

A Harrogate musician has been treating young adults with disabilities to tunes from the Beatles, Rolling Stones and, thanks to his rescue dog, a bit of Bark!

Roger Busby – and lurcher Alfie – answered a cry for help from the team at Disability Action Yorkshire, which was looking for musicians to play for residents in its Claro Road care home.

Now, every Thursday, Roger entertains both staff and residents by performing well-known hits from the 60s.

Disability Action Yorkshire’s care home manager Steven Taylor said: “Roger was very quick to answer our plea and now, every week, he brings Alfie to the home and entertains us.

“We are really grateful to Roger and Alfie and their visit is a real highlight for all the residents and staff too. He plays songs that we all know and ones that we can sing along to.

“Alfie is as good as gold and the residents love him being there. He certainly gets all the attention.”

Disability Action Yorkshire’s care home has two identical wings, each containing 10 en-suite bedrooms, communal lounge and kitchen and dining areas and was opened by the Countess of Wessex in 2007.

The residents, aged between 18 and 65, are given training and support to help them lead as independent lives as possible, with the ultimate aim of them moving to their own homes within two years.

Mr Taylor added he was still looking for volunteers to help with IT and gardening projects.

Those who would like to find out more details should contact Mr Taylor on 01423 561911 or email him at steven.taylor@da-y.org.uk

Further information about Disability Action Yorkshire is available from its website http://www.disabilityactionyorkshire.org.uk/