A 15-year-old schoolboy has released a heartrending song in honour of his grandma, Maureen McGuinness, who is living with dementia.
Harry Gardner from Essex, England wrote the song after he visited his 76-year-old grandma who had deteriorated rapidly with Alzheimer’s disease – the most common form of dementia.
“She was lying in a dark room, with no expression on her face whatsoever, with her eyes closed,” Harry said.
“I had never seen my nan like that before and it really hit me hard. I left the room so shocked. The first thing I did when we arrived back at home was sit at the piano and try and get all my emotions down into words.”
Harry added that as a result of his music the family were finally able to talk about what had become a difficult subject.
Harry’s mum Gail, who works as a bridal hairstylist, said:
“The song is so special to me, but it’s also special to my mum’s 10 other grandchildren, who can all relate to the line about the chocolate in the handbag.”