Feedback from participants

“Absolutely a lovely surprise!!! We was sitting…with curtains closed and then we heard beautiful strings…pulled back curtain to a lovely duo playing instruments. Loved the energy and positive vibes.”

“Its always so beautiful. I always look forward to it. Its so soothing and relaxing. I even learnt a song or two from them – I really appreciate them and would like to say a big thank you.”

​​“I can remember all the words! My Mum played the piano. We all sat around singing together. My whole family sang. I haven’t thought about it for a while. But I remember now.”

“I had a bad night, so sleep and was not very happy. But it was such an amazing unheard of treat, so unexpected to have musicians come to my room; to ask me what music I liked was a complete joy and helped me turn a corner and get better and you both so lovely. May you go from strength to strength..it was on ode to joy!”

“It becomes a really good outlet and its really important in that situation to have that outlet. With something as powerful as music is just perfect really… You feel proud of something.”

Feedback from families

“Amazing! Such a welcome distraction from worry about our baby and also so beautifully sung. Come back!”

“He loved being able to participate with the instruments and iPad – an amazing experience!”

“Being in hospital is like being on a long haul flight – you’ve no idea what day it is or how long you’ve been here but your music has made such a difference. It’s the first time I’ve seen Mum look herself since she’s been here… the first time she’s really smiled.”

“My uncle has been in the Unit… for a few months and I wanted to write and say how transformational the music sessions have been for him. I have not seen him so engaged with an activity for several years and I was so amazed and emotional to arrive there for a visit and to find him happily playing the drum. You were marvellous with him!”

Feedback from Healthcare staff

“As I’m writing this there is a patient singing and dancing. This patient has been feeling very down… I feel that the patient has lost his sparkle. As soon as they started playing, the patient started dancing, smiling and interacting. He is getting a lot of stimulus from the session on the ward. I think today’s moment will stay with me for a long time.”

“I would like to thank all of you at Wishing Well, as I am sure you are all aware of the positive impact these sessions have on the clients that we work with. Over the years working with you all I have found you to be such a wonderfully kind and compassionate group of people and clearly truly believe in the work you do.I think you are all incredibly special people.”

“Our patients get so much from the two musicians… they smile more, interact with other, staff and patients. Most people have had music in their lives. It brings up past memories, happy or sad. Some remember the words to past songs but cannot have a proper conversation with staff. I think this is a vital service for the patients mental health and wellbeing. Please can this continue.”

“Every session is different but the magical moments always happen. I know these patients really well and I know what they are thinking. When you’re here and they are part of the music making I know that they are at peace.”

“Thursday afternoon is full of joy when Wishing Well play… there is dancing and singing… it has a calming effect on our most distressed patients.”

Interview with Janet Lee, Critical Care Practitoner
 
Interview with Dr Kamal Patel, Paediatrician