Musician appeals to trace inspirational 96 year old Gwendolen she met in A&E


A talented local musician was so inspired by an elderly lady she met in A&E that she wrote a song about her life.

Now, the singer-songwriter is trying to locate the woman and her family, so they can hear it.

Lucy Shaw, who is originally from Northfield, was sitting in the A&E department at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital with her Dad on the 14th January – seated next to them was ‘the most incredible lady – 96 year old Gwendolen from Birmingham (born in 1922)’.

Lucy, who is about to finish her degree at the University of Liverpool, said: “She inspired me with tales of her extraordinary life as she recalled living through the war, falling in love, going out dancing every week and reminiscing on how much times have changed. Gwendolen made our time in A&E more bearable with her infectious laugh, positive outlook on life and wonderful character.

As a singer-songwriter and guitarist, I was inspired to write a song about Gwendolen’s fascinating life and I would love to reunite with her so she can hear it!”

If you know 96 year old Gwendolen from the South Birmingham area (who also mentioned growing up in Shrewsbury), then please do get in touch and help reunite Lucy with her.

If you’d like to hear more songs by the incredibly gifted Lucy, please see her YouTube here.


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