A Musical Wedding Anniversary

11th October 2017

A very special couple are celebrating their fourth wedding anniversary this week, at the Leonard Cheshire Disability Home in Llangollen.  Lauren O’Neill and Edward Hickman met at the home, where they are both residents, and were married exactly 4 years ago on 14th September. This week, they’re celebrating in style with a performance by their favourite band, the 1920s swing band The Charleston Charlies.

Musicians from the newly-renamed charity Music in Hospitals & Care will be performing for the happy couple. It was at a Music in Hospitals & Care concert that the two first hit it off, so it is particularly special that this concert is being provided by the same musicians who gave that concert 4 years ago.  Bandleader Simon Milner-Edwards said: “We love playing for the people at the Leonard Cheshire Home, and for Lauren and Edward especially.  They are lovely, warm people who clearly enjoy good music, and we’re really pleased to be performing for their wedding anniversary.”

Music in Hospitals & Care have been a part of the couple’s lives throughout their marriage.  The charity has been providing professional-standard, live music concerts throughout Wales for over 25 years. Robert Aitken CBE, Director of Music in Hospitals & Care Cymru, commented: “It’s fantastic to hear about such an inspiring couple and their special connection to our concerts. Music has an incredible way of creating joy, lifting the spirits and touching the soul, and that’s exactly what we aim to achieve through our work.”

Music in Hospitals & Care (previously Music in Hospitals) brings professionally performed live music into hospitals, hospices, day centres, special schools, nursing and residential homes. The national charity aims to create joy through live music and brings many therapeutic benefits to their audiences, as each concert is tailored to the individual needs of the audience. The charity has offices throughout the UK, and delivers around 5,000 live music concerts each year – around 500 of those in Wales. When the charity was established in 1948, the majority of concerts took place in hospitals;  today, over 75% of their services are delivered in other healthcare settings that provide for the longer-term care of adults and children, such as residential homes, special schools and hospices.

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