Musician Nikolas Metaxas has dedicated his song ‘Change the World’ to all the staff at City and County Healthcare, one of the largest providers of community-based social care services.
The New York-born singer (pictured), whose uncle is a director at the group, decided to dedicate the track to the carers who are supporting thousands of people in their own homes during the COVID-19 outbreak.
He said: “My uncle, Peter Angelides, and I chatted recently about the amazing work all of the staff are doing in their local communities for the elderly and how they are protecting the NHS from being overloaded by shielding those who need care from the virus.
“What I heard was so inspiring that I wanted to say a huge ‘thank you’ to everyone who is changing lives every day and to everyone protecting communities across the country. I know often they can feel unappreciated at times, but it’s important that they know that it’s them who are making day-to-day life for many elderly and vulnerable individuals that much easier and providing love and support to our loved-ones, when we cannot do it ourselves.”
Metaxas, now based in London, became famous for coming second on the first series of the Greek version of the X Factor in 2008.
“I would like to dedicate my song ‘Change the World’ to all the social care workers out there. I hope my song shows people there is a little light at the end of the tunnel and I hope it goes someway to lift people’s spirits.”
People can listen to the song here
Angelides said: “My nephew, Nikolas, is an extremely talented young man and it is wonderful that he is dedicating his song to all of the amazing staff at City & County Healthcare.
“Services like ours are alleviating additional pressures on the NHS and its resources, which we know are being tested to the limit at the moment. Our role is to maintain people’s health in the comfort of their own homes and to keep them safe. We’d like to say a huge ‘thank you’ to Nikolas for dedicating his song to our staff, we are sure they will all love it.”
The CEO of a City and County Healthcare, James Thorburn, recently called for parity of esteem between the NHS and community care following the COVID-19 pandemic.
Speaking during a panel debate hosted by LaingBuisson last month, he argued that community care is being overshadowed by the NHS, and if it were to “remain in the darkness” after the pandemic, it would be a “massive missed opportunity” to unlock preventive care measures.