Nelson's Shanty Men present cheque and entertain at Wells Community Hospital
On Wednesday 15th March, nine of the seventeen Nelson's Shanty Men (the others were working!) attended the Music for Memory Wednesday session, led by David Saunders, at Wells Community Hospital. These sessions take place the third Wednesday of every month at the hospital at 10.30 am for people with dementia and their Carers, plus any one who enjoys a sing song. All welcome.
The event on the 15th rolled a couple of celebrations together: The Nelson Shanty Men 's seventh birthday, so Happy Birthday was of course sung and Chris Jacklin, the original Shanty Man, presented Iain Mackechnie-Jarvis, the Chair of Wells Community Hospital Trust with a cheque for £550, with a promise that the Nelson Shanty Men planned to have more fundraising events towards the running of the hospital.
Iain gave a huge thank you for the cheque, and proudly announced that we are now running 29 Clinics and services, compared to 13 when he became Chair. He also advised that over the next few months more news about the bedded unit would be coming through, so to watch the Press.
He thanked all for being there and invited the Nelson Shanty Men and the attendees to continue their sing song. The signature tune “Taking Nelson Home”, "Captain Stratton, " Moonshine" and "Spanish Ladies " were enjoyed by all, including the patients waiting in the dental waiting area next door! The Shanty Men then went next door to entertain all those enjoying their lunch at Heritage House Day Care centre.