A NURSING home has created its own version of the John Lewis Christmas ad — a touching through-the-ages video starring one of its residents.
Staff and family members signed up to play Jean Clews, 87, in a story about how she dreamed as a young girl of making her teddy fly.
She plays herself in the final scenes when the bear finally has lift-off thanks to help from the home workers and some helium balloons. It echoes the John Lewis ad, which features Sir Elton John singing Your Song and actors playing him to show how a gift of a piano as a boy shaped his life.
After the video racked up 19,000 Facebook views in four days, the home’s activities manager Laura Davis said: ‘We’re so proud to have created something that seems to have touched the hearts of so many.’
The video begins with a young Jean, played by Ms Davis’s daughter Ella, six, blowing up balloons in a failed bid to get her teddy airborne. Deputy manager Tina Lilly’s daughter Olivia, 12, then steps up to depict her making another bid to launch the bear in her back garden years later.
Ms Lilly, 41, then plays Jean as a stressed-out adult, who briefly takes the bear out of its box and dusts it off but seems to have forgotten all about her childhood wish.
In the heart-warming finale, the real Ms Clews smiles with delight to see the teddy rise up in a basket tied to helium balloons at Springfield House Care Home in Codsall, Staffordshire.The home’s gardener is seen playing his ukulele and the soundtrack is Ms Davis singing Over The Rainbow.
‘We had a really good few days filming this,’ she said. ‘We really enjoyed it, especially the children.’