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Music matters for patients at Marie Curie

AN experimental project involving a group of local musicians is proving a hit at the Marie Curie Hospice in Solihull.

Enjoying the music sessions at the Marie Curie Hospice, Warwick Road are from left, volunteer Joan Griffin, daycare patient Bill Halsey, student nurse Sarah Cooper, daycare patient Eileen Howarth and Micaela Schmitz from Making Music

AN experimental project involving a group of local musicians is proving a hit at the Marie Curie Hospice in Solihull.

Day patients, relatives and carers at the charity are taking part in the five week event with members of Harmonie Wind Band making it one of the first projects of its kind in a hospice.

Organised by Making Music, The National Federation of Music Societies, the sessions are set to encourage people to express themselves through music, rhythm and images.

Several taster sessions have already been held with another five planned to run over the next few weeks.

Claire Gower, occupational therapist at the hospice said: “Without a doubt the therapeutic benefit has been huge. Everyone involved feels uplifted, positive and happier for it. They were still talking about it a week later.”

 

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