Family of Edinburgh woman with dementia 'blown away' by response to charity single as it hits top 10 in iTunes and Amazon charts

Margaret Mackie and Jamie Lee Morley have made it into the top 10 of the UK's download charts with their rendition of Frank Sinatra's My Way.

Friday, 17th January 2020, 4:00 pm

The family of an Edinburgh pensioner with dementia have been "blown away" by the response to her charity single as it climbs towards the top of the music download charts.

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Margaret Mackie, 83, said she felt "amazing" that her heartwarming rendition of Frank Sinatra's My Way has reached No.7 in the iTunes top 40 UK Pop Songs live chart and No.6 in the Amazon best selling singles chart. The Linlithgow pensioner became a viral sensation with a video showing her singing the hit in duet with Jamie Lee Morley at the Northcare Suites Care Home Christmas do.

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Jamie and Margaret.

Margaret, who is living with dementia, struggles to remember one day to the next with her condition but managed to record the single with Jamie, her butler at the Telford Road care home, just before Christmas.

The track was released on major downloading platforms - including iTunes, Amazon and Google Play - on Wednesday at 4pm.

And the pair have defied the odds with their track climbing above tracks by Miley Cyrus, James Blunt and Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber.

Care home staff asked Margaret how she was feeling about the success of her song, to which she replied: "It's amazing how well the track is doing and she's happy to be raising lots of money for charity."

Margaret and Jamie in the studio at Ingleston-based Sound Sound.

Speaking to the Evening News, Jamie said: "Her family are blown away by it (the response. They've seen a glow in Margaret's eyes so it must feel amazing for them."

All profits from the single - which costs 79p to download - will be split between Alzheimer's Society and Dementia UK.

To help Margaret and Jamie to No.1 you can download the tune from one of these major platforms: iTunes, Amazon Music and Google Play.

Christmas video went viral

Margaret, who has been at the care home since October last year, delighted staff, residents and family members at her Christmas do on December 4th by singing My Way with Jamie. He said the song was played at his grandfather's funeral after he died in 2018 following a long battle with dementia.

Jamie said he bonded with Margaret over their shared love for music when he noticed her singing along to Elvis on TV in the lounge, not long after she moved to the home.

He said the pair have been singing together "every day" since and that he often play Elvis on Youtube.

Jamie said previously that that music helps take dementia sufferers back in time and brings out the best memories that people can lose along the way.

Jamie, who lives in Granton, also brought Davidson Main's children's choir up to the home for the Christmas do, with the kids singing and dancing along with the residents.

The 31-year-old, who is originally from Manchester but has lived in Edinburgh for 14 years, has been serving food and drink to residents at the home since it opened in September.

He moved there from his old job as a barista and says he has "found his calling" and "absolutely loves older people."