A video of a nursing assistant singing her version of a song made famous by Adele has gone “viral” on social media, having been watched by more than a 100,000 people around the world.
Patients and staff at the St Helena Hospice in Essex received the impromptu performance of “Make you feel my love” from assistant nurse Emma Young last Friday.
“I love singing for the patients and families”
Ms Young’s rendition of the song – originally written by Bob Dylan – was recorded on a phone by a colleague at the hospice’s inpatient unit in Colchester and then posted on the internet.
The video subsequently went viral over the weekend, being viewed over 34,000 times on the hospice’s Facebook page by Monday. As of today, it had been watched by over 128,000 people.
It has also received many positive comments from supporters thanking Emma for sharing her talent with the patients, said the hospice.
Ms Young said: “I’m completely shocked that the video has gone viral but I thank everyone who has shared it and shown support towards myself and St Helena Hospice.
Nursing assistant’s version of Adele song goes ‘viral’ on social media
“The hospice really is a lovely organisation to work for and I feel privileged to work there and care for patients in one of the most important times of their lives,” she said.
She added: “I love singing for the patients and families as I know that just for that moment it helps them to just forget what they are going through.”
Sarah Green, the hospice’s director of income and communications, said: “We are extremely proud of our staff and volunteers and hope this video has made a few people smile.”
She noted that hospice care was about looking after the “whole” person, and “making people’s days brighter, whether through a spontaneous song at our piano or providing a listening ear”.
St Helena Hospice runs 15-bed inpatient units and day centres in both Clacton and Colchester, but said most of its work takes place in the community.