Rock and pop on Ward 42
18th November 2020
Submitted by Lindsay Rutherford-Hoe, North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust
Inspired by the work of the NHS during the COVID-19 pandemic, Jason Wilson wanted to lend a hand and began volunteering at the University Hospital of North Tees in May.
Balancing his commitment with his job and band (Rise to Rebellion), Jason has been volunteering twice a week to lend a hand on the ward, chatting to patients and helping them to connect to friends and family using mobile phones as well as providing entertainment to bridge the gap during visiting restrictions.
Jason’s love for performing has proven an unexpected benefit. Singing classic rock and pop songs on his acoustic guitar, Jason performs to patients on ward 42 (elderly care) every week which has been a huge benefit in reducing loneliness and isolation.
Jason explained: "by playing my guitar and singing on the ward, I am providing some cheer to the patient’s day but also helping them to connect with each other, bringing them together. It’s great to see!"
As a young volunteer, Jason has taken this role in his stride during uncertain times for all. His dedication to making our patients smile, even for a short while is fantastic and something to be celebrated. Jason is highly regarded by staff and volunteers on the ward who have praised him for his support during the pandemic.
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