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Mirror’s carer competition winner meets Tony Christie – and recorded a single together

Mirror’s carer competition winner meets Tony Christie – and recorded a single together

When it comes to the lyrics of Tony Christie’s charity song – “your heart is true, you’re a pal and a confidante” – they could have been written for Gez Ossai

Gez joined Tony as he recorded his charity cover of Andrew Gold’s 1978 hit Thank You For Being A Friend for Music for Dementia(TIM ANDERSON)

As days go, Gez Ossai has just had a cracker on a rare break from his job as a care home manager – not only having lunch with Amarillo star Tony ­Christie, but singing with him too.

Gez joined Tony as he recorded his charity cover of Andrew Gold’s 1978 hit Thank You For Being A Friend for Music for Dementia.

The 80-year-old musician has been diagnosed with the condition, and his fundraising single, out on July 2, will feature carers representing Britain’s army of unsung heroes.

And lucky Gez, 58, met Tony as the winner of the Mirror’s carer ­competition for Thank You Day.

Gez, of Longford, Glos, says: “Tony was such a nice person, a kind human being. He wasn’t aloof. He spoke to ­everybody. We went out for lunch and he was talking about his journey, for want of a better term.

“He’s quite happy because it doesn’t prevent him from doing what he loves doing, which is singing
and performing.”

Gez knows about living for his job too. His dedication to the residents at his care home is best summed up by the time when he awoke from a Covid-induced coma in 2020 and his first thoughts were for them.

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  • June 25, 2023