Re­lax with hospice’s mu­sic

Staines Informer - - NEWS -

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.

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