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Donation is music to patients’ ears

Dementia patients at Pinderfields Hospital have received a generous donation of CD players, radios and percussion sets.

The musical gifts will help to make a difference to patients during their stay in hospital and were purchased following a successful fundraising effort by the husband of a former patient and his friend.

Clive Wray and Amanda Luckhurst organised a charity event at their local pub, The Graziers, in Stanley and raised more than £700, which saw them purchase 31 CD players and over 40 CD racks for the hospital.

“I wanted to give something back to the hospital that helped my wife, said Clive. “She suffered from dementia and sadly died in Pinderfields. If she had been given the opportunity to listen to music or the radio, I think it would have made a real difference to her final days.”

Clive’s daughter Dawn purchased the CD players from her local Morrisons store in Rothwell and when the supermarket heard what she was doing generously donated a further four CD players and ensured they were all delivered to Pinderfields.

Anita Ruckledge, Lead Dementia Nurse at The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, was extremely grateful, she said: “The ability to recognise music is often something dementia patients don’t lose, and listening to their favourite songs can help to keep them calm and make their experience of hospital less stressful.

“We had one patient who was able to listen to his favourite opera right up until the moment he died and we will now be able to give more of our patients this opportunity thanks to the generous donation from Clive and Amanda.”