Music benefit to hospital patients

Val Winterflood (left) receives a bouquet from Dr Judy McMahon to mark her thirty years as a committee member.
Val Winterflood (left) receives a bouquet from Dr Judy McMahon to mark her thirty years as a committee member.

Live music sessions by professional musicians is proving a real benefit to some hospital patients, in particular those suffering with dementia.

Various projects being conducted by the Horsham based New Harmonie Wind Ensemble were outlined by its leader Dr Geoffrey Richardson at the annual meeting of The League of Friends of Horsham Hospital last week (June 5).

Dr Richardson explained how the music sessions were making an impact at Horsham Hospital’s Iris Ward and other centres including special schools, day care centres, Ingfield Manor and St Catherine’s Hospice. Each session was carefully evaluated and the results were proving very positive.

The group was formed 15 years ago and includes flutes, oboes, clarinets, bassoons and horns. The sessions are funded by grants and each last about 45 minutes. The League of Friends helped to fund one session last year and is planning further support.

The 54th annual meeting of the League, held at the Salvation Army hall, witnessed an historic change to its constitution. Apart from some minor alterations, the constitution had remained unchanged since foundation in 1959 and officers of the League spent six months bringing it up to date.

The new document, which covers all the latest charity regulations and clearly defines the role and responsibilities of Trustees, was approved and adopted.

The League’s twelve Trustees were elected as follows: Dr. Judy McMahon, David Briffett, Frances Haigh, Shiela Campbell, Valerie Winterflood, Peter Beaney, Lilian Bold, Kenneth Clark, Maureen Francis, Albert Marrable, Susan Morton, Bryan Thompson.

Treasurer Frances Haigh said that expenditure during the year had been less than the committee would have wanted due to the latest NHS re-organisation.

Money had been placed into interest earning accounts and £250,000 set aside for re-development of the John Ingham Unit, currently delayed.

League chairman Dr. Judy McMahon outlined a year of successful activities and presented a bouquet to committee member Val Winterflood who had completed thirty years service.

Pictured here is Val Winterflood (left) receiving a bouquet from Dr Judy McMahon to mark her thirty years as a committee member.