Posted: 20th June 2017

Music in Hospitals has been awarded £60,000 to fund live music concerts for older people living in care homes.

Research shows that live music helps to lower levels of stress and can be of real benefit to people who are isolated by illness or disability. Music in Hospitals offers this fun, stimulating and social experience in hospitals or care homes throughout the UK.

The Alzheimer’s Society believes that 70 per cent of people in care homes have some form of dementia or memory loss. Research has shown that music from their youth can stimulate memories in people with dementia and improve their condition, so this this grant will be of great benefit to many of the residents in these care homes.

Over the next three years, this grant will fund 216 live concerts in care homes across the country.

The charity recently arranged concerts in Heathside care home in Warrington and  Walkden Manor care home in Worsley, which were joined respectively by West Lancashire Freemasons Kevin Poynton and David Walmsley.

This is a wonderful charity that has spent decades working hard in hospitals and care homes to bring the joy of live music to tens of thousands of people. We are proud to be supporting them.

Steve Rowland-Jones, CEO of Music in Hospitals England & Wales said: “We are very grateful to the Freemasons for their generous grant. This will help us to reach hundreds of elderly people in care homes across the country that would otherwise have been impossible.”