The heartbreaking moment a terminally ill mother is serenaded by her sons desperate to make the most of the limited time they have left together has been caught on camera.
Maureen Taylor, 66, from North Yorshire, was diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), which constricts the airways and causes difficulty breathing, 10 years ago, and is now confined to a wheelchair and needing 24-hour care.
The condition means twins brothers Steven and Richard Taylor, 43, are unable to see their mum Maureen due to coronavirus quarantine rules.
On Sunday, site manager Steven and miner Richard enlisted the help of good friend and singer Gareth Yearsley, 32, to serenade their mum outside her care home – Yew Tree Care Centre in Redcar.
A touching video captured by a bystander shows Gareth singing a rendition of her favourite song, Stand By Me, as she looks down from the balcony.
Maureen can be seen smiling with joy, as sons Steven and Richard look up at her from afar, occasionally joining in.
A small crowd gathers outside the nursing home during the five-minute video, which sees Gareth move onto hit ‘My Girl’.
Towards the end Steven and Richard join in with the singing, much to Maureen’s delight, as the crowd cheers in the touching tribute.
The move came after doctors told Maurreen she doesn’t have much time left.
The brothers were devastated when they found out they wouldn’t be able to see their mum for the foreseeable due to her being at high risk of catching Covid-19.
Steven, from Skelton, Teeside, said: ‘Mum’s all we’ve got left. She’s a single mum so she raised us all on her own.
‘We’re really close but obviously we haven’t been allowed into the home, so we wanted to do something special for her and the residents to cheer them up.
‘My mate Gareth is in a band so I asked him to go down and make mum’s day.
‘It was amazing, all the public came out to get involved and people were crying.’
Since Steven posted a video of the heart-warming performance on Facebook, it’s gone viral, racking up more than 33,300 shares and 4,500 likes.
He added: ‘I didn’t think it would go so viral. People have been sending us messages from all over the world.
‘Mum was over the moon. I didn’t ring that day so she must have been thinking ‘the b*****d’.
‘My mum is all we’ve got left and it brought brightness to her day.’
Singer Gareth added: ‘It was a fantastic experience.
‘Just seeing Maureen’s face light up and watching all the residents dance and sing along inside the home was a lovely feeling – especially at times like this when they can’t get out and their loved ones can’t get in to see them.
‘The reaction was great. All the residents were dancing and the nurses were filming it.
‘Even residents from nearby streets were coming out to see what was going on.
‘Since the video went online, I’ve had loads of messages from people all across the world, not just the UK, but as far as America saying lots of lovely things.’