Jean, 87, stars in nursing home’s touching recreation of John Lewis Christmas ad

Jean, 87, stars in nursing home’s touching recreation of John Lewis Christmas ad
Leading lady 87 year old Jean Clews dreamed of making her teddy fly as a young girl (Photo: Springfield House Care Home)

This year’s eagerly anticipated John Lewis Christmas advert aired last week, with Elton John portraying the story of his life through the years.

However, residents of a nursing home have created their own version of the ad, making a touching through-the-ages video which stars one of its residents.

The leading lady is 87 year old Jean Clews, with staff and family members signing up to play younger versions of her in a story about how she dreamed of making her teddy fly as a young girl.

The touching video echoes the sentiment of this year’s John Lewis ad (Photo: SWNS)
The touching video echoes the sentiment of this year’s John Lewis ad (Photo: SWNS)

Making teddy fly

The video begins with a young Jean, played by six-year-old Ella (daughter of the home’s activities manager Laura Davis), blowing up balloons in a failed attempt to make her teddy bear fly.

Deputy manager Tina Lilly’s daughter Olivia, 12, then plays slightly older version of Ms Clews, in another attempt to launch the bear in her back garden a few years later.

Ms Lilly, 41, then plays Ms Clews as an adult, who briefly takes the bear out of its box and dusts it off, but seems to have forgotten about her childhood wish.

Ms Clews then plays herself in the final scenes when the bear finally takes to the skies with the help from the home workers and many helium balloons.

The real Ms Clews smiles with happiness when she sees the teddy rise up in a basket at Springfield House Care Home in Codsall, Staffordshire.

The home’s gardener stars in the video playing his ukulele, with the soundtrack to the video featuring Ms Davis singing Over The Rainbow.

This touching video echoes the sentiment of this year’s John Lewis ad, which features Sir Elton showing how a gift of a piano as a young boy shaped his life.

The video of Ms Clews fulfilling her childhood dreams racked up 19,000 Facebook views in just four days.

Ms Davis told Metro: “We’re so proud to have created something that seems to have touched the hearts of so many.”

“We had a really good few days filming this,” she said. “We really enjoyed it, especially the children.”