Hospital patients in Glasgow and the west of Scotland will get more access to live music, thanks to a new funding boost for a charity delivering concerts on the wards.
Music in Hospitals & Care (MiHC) put on a special performance at Gartnavel hospital to celebrate receiving £100,000 from Postcode Care Trust, thanks to players of People's Postcode Lottery. The charity is hoping to use the funding to expand its concert programme to reach more patients under the age of 55.
To date, the charity has delivered over 1,500 musical performances in wards across Scotland, reaching more than 28,000 patients - that's over 1,800 hours of live music in the past year, from Shetland to Stranraer.
The charity works with professional musicians who perform live in hospital wards, care and residential homes, hospices and day care settings.
Claire Bennett, MiHC Director Scotland, said, "Live music can transform a person's experience in care providing a much needed distraction. Our musicians encourage residents, visiting family members, friends and healthcare teams to get involved and it's a fun event. We are thrilled that, thanks to support from players of People's Postcode Lottery, we will be able to reach even more people who can benefit from access to live music to boost their health and wellbeing."
At Gartnavel, MiHC musicians Jenny Clifford and Prune Karlen (known as 'By June') delighted patients with guitar and vocals.
Jenny said, "It's a rewarding kind of performance. We always leave with a smile on our faces. I remember hearing about a patient who hadn't spoken for weeks and after we played his favourite song he started talking to his family again. It's a privilege to be a part of this."
By June's concert was part of the Art in the Gart programme of activities across acute adult wards at Gartnavel.
Fiona Sinclair, Volunteer Services Manager, commented on the importance of the arts in a health setting. She said, "The presence of musicians helps bring the "outside in" for people who are at their most vulnerable. It isn't always easy to bring music into wards here, so we are delighted to welcome Music in Hospitals & Care here."
Jane Forsyth, Charge Nurse at Gartnavel, said, "Bringing music to us means that these activities are inclusive to all, ensuring that everyone gets to enjoy the benefits and good feeling that music brings."
Lisa Belletty, from the Charities team at People's Postcode Lottery, said, "It's fantastic that support from players will enable more people to experience live music in a care setting. This is a project that not only spreads joy, but it helps bring people together to share their love of music and create a sense of community wherever they are."