Armed Forces Day with Friendship at Home
Two of the St Hugh’s Hospital team joined Friendship at Home staff and the members of Memory Lane Choir for a concert at the Memorial Gate in Cleethorpes on Friday 29thJune.
Claire Panton and Gary Allington were in attendance as more than 20 members of the choir sang for invited guests and the general public during the event which was organised as part of Armed Forces Day celebrations taking place around the town.
Linda Thomas, Outreach Support Worker and Club Coordinator at Friendship at Home, said: “We were delighted to welcome so many people from the community to join us for a singalong. The choir has gone from strength to strength and I was pleased to see so many people turn out to hear them.
“Our choir, like many of our activities, has been designed to welcome people from all walks of life, but it pays particular attention to those who face loneliness or are living with dementia.
“Our sessions are inclusive and open to everyone. I’m pleased that we’ve spoken to a few people today who are interested in joining us in the future. The more the merrier!”
St Hugh’s Hospital has been working with Friendship at Home on a number of projects since May 2017, when it funded two dementia specialists for the charity. Since then two further projects, including the Memory Lane Choir and Sporting Memories, have received additional funding and support.
As well as a programme of community health activities St Hugh’s is dedicated to supporting medical research and has already invested £1.1m in 11 dementia PhD research projects.
Gary Allington, Health Promotions Officer at St Hugh’s, said: “We’re committed to helping local people to live more enriched lives. That might be by joining one of our Ride with the Pros cycling events, taking part in the Great Grimsby 10k, or joining the Memory Lane Choir.
“I’ve always been proud of our partnership with Friendship at Home; the charity hosts a range of activities to encourage people to engage in clubs, become befrienders and take up a hobby, like singing with the choir.
“It was great to join the choir today. They sang some classics and encouraged us all to join in on occasion, which really brought a community feel to the whole event.”
St Hugh’s is a non-profit hospital, and we are part of a registered charity providing around 6,000 treatments per year in Grimsby to both private and NHS patients. We work very closely with the NHS to provide the highest level of healthcare which is free at the point of delivery.
We do not charge a premium for this service, which is cost-neutral for the NHS, and all our surplus is re-invested into our facilities and charitable causes. Our non-profit status allows us to provide access to the highest standards of care, safety and service while maintaining fair prices.