• “Someone said to me, ‘this is better than any medication they could give us’”

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This festive season you can bring music and connection to hospitals and care homes.

1/4 of people in the UK experience depression and anxiety, which can be impacted by the winter holidays (Stop Hate UK). By sharing live music you can bring a sense of community and connectedness to those who need it most.

“Music helps staff to get to know the people they are caring for and vice versa. So you get to know each other as people… it makes the whole thing a lot more personal. ” – Lily Rice, Live Music Coordinator.

26% of people say Christmas makes their mental health worse, 83% of people feel lonely, and 81% find Christmas stressful (Priory Group). Being in hospital over the winter can be tough. You may feel isolated from the outside world and when coupled with worries about the cost of living crisis and colder nights, mental health will suffer. From bringing people together, reviving nostalgia and joy to increased memory recall, music heals.

Feedback following our live music for people experiencing mental health problems shows that over 3/4 (77%), of people felt less isolated, with 87% of people demonstrating increased social interaction after the live music.

“Music is important to all of us. And therefore shouldn’t it be important for hospitals and care settings. These are special situations where people are unable to access live music. When you see the reaction of memories and emotions being triggered, it’s very significant.” – Paul Kerr, Music in Hospitals & Care musician.

We ask that you make a donation and a positive impact for people facing challenges with their mental health. Share some joy and help to give someone dealing with frustration, stress and isolation a sense of belonging and connection.

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  • £53

    helps to bring one hour of music to a care home.

  • £33

    could share live music with one person in a secure mental health ward this Christmas.

  • £10

    could help to cover the cost of a musician’s travel to a hospital.

"We need to find a way to help people keep music as a part of their lives"

Lily Rice, Live Music Coordinator Scotland

“Music is a part of everyone’s lives. If you go into hospital or a care home, that doesn’t stop being something you like, maybe you even play music. You don’t lose that interest or talent. So we need to find a way to help people keep that as a part of their lives, no matter their circumstances.

I think live music has a huge impact on mental health and wellbeing. Personally I find music a very mindful thing in that it brings you into a present moment, or it may be taking you to another time. In a health and care setting that might just offer a few minutes relief, or maybe a few minutes of distraction from pain.”

The atmosphere after a live music session is generally uplifted. You get that kind of boost in energy, people have shared an experience that is a bit different to their day-to-day. And sometimes it can just relieve tension as  well, and you may have had a really difficult  morning up until that point and the music’s  a bit of a break from that and a refresh.”

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Please give today to help improve the health and wellbeing of children and adults through the healing power of live music.