95 year old war veteran Edward Hardy played piano in a jazz quartet for nearly 40 years, but after moving into Mellifont Abbey Care Home in Somerset, Hardy found his talents were going spare, as there was nobody for him to play with.

But when Care Home worker Sam Kinsella posted an online advert for musicians to come and jam with Hardy, who suffers from dementia, he wasn’t prepared for the overwhelming success his plea would be. 'Ed really inspires me with how he has remembered to play music and play it so well and it's like everything comes back to him when he's on the piano. It's truly amazing to see the response.'

Overcome with requests from across the UK, over 80 musicians offered to come and share Hardy’s passion for music.

"It is amazing so many volunteers have come forward to help me make music and it is marvellous that I have also been reunited with my old band," Hardy said. "I have missed playing and when I do play now it makes me feel better and young again."

Amazingly, the appeal even reached three of Hardy’s former bandmates, whom he had not seen for 35 years, and the four-piece are currently rehearsing for a reunion show at the care home.