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The Gift of Music

Tuesday 25th September 2018

The new Music Therapy project at St. Vincent’s Hospice has received a massive boost, thanks to an incredible donation of instruments and state-of-the-art sound equipment from local supporter Joe McGuire.

St. Vincent’s, who provide specialist palliative and Hospice care for people and families affected by life-limiting conditions across Renfrewshire, recently began their Music Therapy project to break down barriers of illness, disability and encourage self-expression.

Joe McGuire, from East Dunbartonshire, has more than 25 years’ experience in music and entertainment and decided to make the donation to St. Vincent’s after seeing an article requesting instruments to support the project.

He said: “When I read that St. Vincent’s were working with Nordoff Robbins to introduce Music Therapy, it was a no brainer for me, having provided community entertainment in care homes, pensioner lunch clubs and adult resource centres for over 25 years. I always aimed to make sure that these were not only enjoyable events, but helped people reach personal outcomes and allowed live music to enrich the well-being for people in the community.

“A few years ago I took this passion to the next level, receiving Social Enterprise Funding, along with support from Firstport and the Scottish Government, allowing me to purchase more equipment and deliver live events and therapeutic music sessions for people of all age groups. While my programme has since run its course, the equipment is of a very high quality and was just sitting there. I’m over the moon to have the opportunity to pass these resources on to St. Vincent’s Hospice, making sure that the instruments and participation in live music will live on through their work with Nordoff Robbins.”

The donation, which included multiple percussion instruments of all shapes and sizes, along with a wireless PA system and microphones, will ensure that patients, family members and supporters of the Hospice can take part in the music therapy project and feel the benefits this has to offer.

Commenting on the donation, Therese Campsie from our Patient and Family Support Team, said: “We are honestly blown away by the generosity shown by Joe, and cannot thank him enough for this amazing donation towards our Music Therapy Project.

“At St. Vincent’s, we are constantly looking for new ways to help support people and families who are living with a life-limiting condition, and we are very excited about the potential of Music Therapy. When we put out a request for instruments, we had maybe been expecting a couple of guitars and keyboards from people who had them lying around: this is above and beyond what we could have expected.

“We would like to say a huge thank you to Joe and to everyone who has donated any instruments to our project! We are very keen for the number of people taking part in this therapy to keep growing, so if you know anyone that would like to come along, please let us know. Get in touch by emailing or call 01505 705 635.”

The Gift of Music