Do you like music? Stephen does.
Funds raised for the RHN can help us provide specific services or therapies
Meet an amazing man called Stephen
At 56 years old, Stephen had never had any problems with his nervous system. He led a healthy lifestyle and worked in a very senior role at the HM Treasury.
But in April 2014 he caught a common cold which would change his life forever. He woke up in the morning feeling a bit groggy and by lunchtime he was unconscious. By the time he had regained consciousness, three months had passed and the first words he heard were you’re completely paralysed from the neck down. “It wasn’t the most comforting of things to hear”.
He would later learn that he had contracted Guillain-Barré Syndrome, a rare but very serious condition which makes the body’s immune system attack part of its own nervous system. The exact cause is unknown but it usually follows a minor infection such as a cold or sore throat.
By August 2014 Stephen was ready to begin the next stage of his treatment and he moved to the RHN for intensive therapy. Our team of specialists set about developing an individualised treatment plan and a big part of this was music therapy.
“When I got to the RHN I had just had a tracheostomy (a tube in the throat) removed, I could talk but had limited movement. My father was an organist so playing music, particularly on the keyboard, was part of my upbringing – in the blood.”
Can you imagine losing one of the things that you most enjoy in life?
Enter music therapist, Jodie
“Music Therapy can be used to support several aspects of rehabilitation in neuro-disability” says Jodie, who’s been providing Stephens’s music therapy. “In the early days we focused on rebuilding and range of movement through drumming to help his rehabilitation and enable him to his wheelchair independently.”
Recently, they’ve been spending more time on the piano which really helps with fine motor skills – the type that Stephen needs in his job when he uses a computer. Jodie has worked with Stephen to set personal goals. It is clear that his self-esteem and confidence has greatly improved and this has helped his ability to face other challenges in his rehabilitation.
Stephen is due to leave the RHN at the end of March. But there are other patients arriving soon at the RHN who vitally need music therapy too.
“I’m really looking forward to continuing with the piano after I leave. I think it’s something that’ll stay with me forever.”
The music therapy department relies entirely on voluntary donations.
You see, at the RHN we rely 100% on voluntary donations to keep our music therapy services going. We receive no Government or NHS funding for the department and yet, as you have seen, it is crucial for the rehabilitation of patients here.
It is often the essential ingredient to getting patients back to living as independent as possible.
A single music therapy session can cost as little as £27. My team and I want to help as many patients as we can, but without donations from generous people like you it can’t be done.
Can you help support our music therapy sessions for other patients like Stephen?
A gift of,
£27 from you, could help provide a one-to-one 45 minute music therapy sessions
£55 from you, can help to buy technology switches for music therapy sessions
£85 from you, could help provide several music therapy sessions and equipment
A gift from you today will help make sure that music therapy, provided by Jodie and others in my team can continue to provide hope and strength to other patients at the RHN.
Thank you for being willing to support our important work – with your help we can provide a better quality of life for some of the UK’s most disabled people.