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$13,000 in donations arrives for music therapy program


BROCKVILLE – More than $13,000 has been raised for the Palliative Care Music Therapy program following a special fundraising concert held earlier this month.

Approximately 200 people attended the Brockville General Hospital Palliative Care concert at First Presbyterian Church on March 4. The Life of Music concert featured regional musicians who donated their time and talents, and the crowd enjoyed a reception organized by the Palliative Care volunteers, who spent many hours baking treats for the reception.

“We were really pleased with the turnout,” said Sherry Anderson, BGH Director of Complex Care, Palliative Care and Rehabilitation, who attributed the concert’s success to the team effort. “The Palliative Care staff and the volunteers really came together and gave 100 per cent.”

The concert itself raised $2,500, including a donation of $300, and the program has also received a bequest for $10,819, according to the Brockville and District Hospital Foundation.

In addition, the 1000 Islands Community Development Corporation sponsored the event, paid for the advertising and provided the start-up funding for the program last fall.

“It’s a great program, and we’ve very proud to be supporting it,” said Tom Russell, Executive Director of the 1000 Islands Community Development Corporation, adding that the BGH Palliative Care team is doing “wonderful work” to help patients.

“The community is really coming together to support this program,” commented BGH President and CEO Ray Marshall, who was among the crowd enjoying the music on concert night.

The musicians included Doug Healy of the duo Healy and Orr, A.J. Benoit, Iain MacNeil, Rebekka Paige, Melanie Morris and Dave Balfour of the band Guthrie House, and the program’s music therapist, Courtney Radbourne. The emcee was Tom Janson. Ms. Anderson said the musicians were wonderful to give their time and entertain the appreciative crowd.

The music therapy program started last September. Ms. Radbourne, the music therapist, visits palliative care patients at home, through the hospice program, and at both the Garden Street and Charles Street sites of Brockville General Hospital. She brings instruments, and the patients can sing, play and compose music with her. Sometimes the families join in as well.

“Music therapy is a real asset to the Palliative Care program,” Ms. Anderson said. “It provides a wonderful break in the patients’ day, and a time to relax and enjoy life at a difficult time. The patients really benefit from music therapy. It’s a form of treatment that helps with pain and symptom management.”

The program is funded entirely through donations, which can be made at the Brockville and District Hospital Foundation office, located at BGH’s Charles Street site. Call 613-345-4478 or email foundation@bgh-on.ca. Donors can specify that their donations be used for this program.

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Music therapist Courtney Radbourne works with Palliative Care patients at Brockville General Hospital. The Music Therapy program, funded entirely through donations, has received more than $13,000 following a concert held in Brockville earlier this month.

For more information, please contact:

Christine Endicott
Communications Officer
613-345-5649 Ext. 1-1504


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