Relax with hospice’s music
PRINCESS Alice Hospice has launched a new CD to help patients and their families relax at home, helped by a sound engineer who has a personal connection with the charity and who has worked with the likes of Sir Paul McCartney.
The CD, entitled Relaxation –A Range of Techniques, was developed and recorded by several members of the Esher hospice’s therapies team and launched last week.
Kathy Birch, day services and therapies manager, said: “Our therapists realised that patients and their families needed help with relaxing at home away from the hospice environment, so we thought it would be good to produce a CD with some of the relaxation and mindfulness exercises that we use in our sessions.
“We knew we needed an expert to help us to record the tracks and so we put out a call for help. Colin Sheen, a local musician and sound engineer, heard about the project through a friend who volunteers at the hospice and contacted us.”
Colin’s wife Celia died several years ago and had been a patient so he was keen to get involved in the project in her memory.
He said: “I wanted to do this in memory of my wife who was also a professional musician. She would have loved to have got involved in a project like this.
“I’ve worked with lots of interesting people in my career such as Paul McCartney, Barbra Streisand and
Day services and therapies manager Cathy Birch, complimentary therapies coordinator Sharon Penny, volunteer sound engineer Colin Sheen and Art/Hypnotherapist Gill Thomas.