Thanks to National Lottery funding, Music in Hospitals is able to provide professional, live music concerts for hospices across Wales.
The service provides an invaluable distraction from illness and daily medical activities, not only for the patients themselves, but also for their families, friends and carers, and means that they can still spend happy moments together without being far from medical support.
During the performances, which can take place in private or communal spaces, the audience members can all enjoy the music and are encouraged to join in the singing, experiment with musical instruments, and request songs that they would like to hear.
Music in Hospitals Development manager, Melanie Peters, explains: “For some patients communication is limited by disabilities, but music is a communication they can understand. We see patients with dementia particularly respond well to the music. It’s a joy to watch.”
Many hospices in Wales are independent local charities and have to rely on fund-raising activities to carry out their vital work, so without Lottery funding the concerts would not have taken place.
“We’re so grateful, and so are our patients,” says Melanie.
For more information visit www.music-in-hospitals.org.uk.
Music in Hospitals is funded by The Big Lottery Fund.
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