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Generous donation strikes the right note

Donated by Thorpe Audlin village hall in Pontefract, and delivered free of charge by Wards of Wakefield (WOW), the piano will be instrumental in supporting the care of those patients living with dementia.

Anita Ruckledge, Dementia Lead Nurse at The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs Dewsbury Hospital, said: “Music therapy is absolutely amazing at stimulating interaction. Music accesses different parts of the brain than language so can be used to communicate or engage with someone who has been diagnosed with dementia, even if they no longer speak or respond to other people’s words.

“We frequently see patients sing along who might not have spoken for long periods of time, and now that we have our piano we will be able to make these music sessions much more special for patients.”

The team were overwhelmed by the generosity of Thorpe Audlin village hall for donating the piano and Wards of Wakefield for transporting it at no cost to the Trust.

“There are some truly wonderful people out there who have really gone the extra mile to support their local hospital and we are extremely grateful,” said Anita.