Residents of a Sedgefield care home enjoyed a morning of musical memories as part of an initiative to support an inspirational charity group which aims to improve the quality of life of children and adults living with illness and disability through the joy of music.
The residents of Willowdene care home’s Maple Suite, an annex of the residential and nursing home which offers specialist care for elderly people living with dementia, enjoyed singing, dancing and playing instruments along to their favourite tunes of yesteryear.
The event took place as part of ‘Care for Concerts’ week on 23rd-29th May, a regional charity fundraising initiative organised by care groups the Maria Mallaband Care group and sister group Countrywide Care Homes.
The sponsored charity is Music in Hospitals (MIH), a national charity group whose mission is to improve the quality of life for adults and children with all kinds of illness and disability through the joy and therapeutic benefits of professionally performed live music in hospitals, hospices, day care centres, special schools, nursing and residential homes.
Fundraising events, from tea dances to fancy dress days, are set to take place in care homes across the North East as they raise money and awareness for the Music in Hospital’s North East branch, which came to the region in July of last year.
The theme of the event is ‘Music is in the Heart’ which is all about celebrating the music that we love, why music is important to us and how music brings people together.
Activities Coordinator at Willowdene, Angela Penman, Said: “We really enjoyed our musical morning to commemorate Care for Concerts week. We really support the work that Music In Hospitals is doing. Over the years we have saw first hand the amazing therapeutic power of art and music, particularly for people living with dementia. It can bring back memories, lift spirits, reduce anxiety and bring people together through shared fun and laughter.”
As well as hosting musical-themed activities, the home will also be displaying materials promoting the charity collecting donations from families and guests who wish to pledge to support Music in Hospitals.
Proceeds raised from the ‘Care for Concerts’ fundraiser will go to the charity’s recently launched North East division and will be used to organise and provide free professional music concerts within the region.
For more information about the work of the charity, to volunteer or donate, visit www.musicinhospitals.org